We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim P. Bartholomew and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kim P., what principle do you value most?
“Live a beautiful life!” is more than a tag line to me. What I value most, the thing that simultaneously leads and anchors, sustains and propels is my belief that I am made by and for the Creator of the universe. I maintain and proclaim that God fashioned me for His glory. I am merely a vessel for the Divine Spark!
From childhood, I’ve always had a creative bent. That indwelling of an artistic aesthetic led me into art education where I continued to learn as much as I taught! By surrounding myself with others who searched for, produced, and grew to appreciate true beauty, I was fulfilling an innate calling.
For me, art has always been a means of exploration and expression of the spiritual context. That intrigued me and led me to obtain graduate degrees in counseling psychology. I eventually left the security of my classroom for the opportunity of my studio, and now an online gallery and clothing & accessories line featuring my original art! That shift has led to other outlets of revenue and certainly lifelong learning.
But the pulse of my passion in both personal and professional pursuits remains to show up and be available, allowing creativity to flow through me to those who seek the same beautiful life that I do. When building a career and brand, there are countless decisions to be made on a daily basis, but staying true to my core belief that we each have a God-given bent we must follow, guides eternally. My work is less about the product and more about the process of being present to receive and reflect true beauty to those who seek to receive it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an artist, consultant, and teacher living in Roswell, Georgia. I grew up in Vidalia, Georgia and have always had a passion for the arts. After a 15 year career in art education and graduate degrees in counseling psychology, I merged my passions and launched a path to creating my own works as a form of therapy for the soul – for myself and viewers of my work.
As an abstract artist, my work is steeped in patterns of stylized silhouettes, curvilinear visual rhythm, and symbolic (rather than realistic) colors and shapes. I work in a variety of media creating series of themes to express what is felt beyond what is seen.
My original works, commissioned pieces, giclée’s, prints, cards, and related products can be observed and obtained on my website (KimPBartholomew.com) and at local exhibits. A portion of all sales is donated to the Florida School for the Deaf and the blind (www.fsdb.k12.fl.us) where my niece, McKenzie Rose Bartholomew, attends school in St. Augustine, Florida.
My art business has been designated as a “Trusted Art Seller” with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.
I also recently launched an accessories and clothing line featuring my original art images! ArtWearbyKPB.com welcomes you to shop for art that you wear. This creative outlet makes my work easily accessible and allows for a greater audience beyond art collectors.
I find that my creative energy can become compromised or even drained when my focus must turn toward the business aspects of KPB Creative Services. With my husband now serving as Executive Director of our company, I am freed up to loosen my reins on most of that. We are each learning how to blend our best efforts to grow our brand together! Living a beautiful life is only realized as a team.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We love our town! Roswell, Ga is a quaint and beautiful suburb of north Atlanta. We are just close enough to the city to enjoy all the shops, sporting events, and concerts we choose. But Roswell also offers casual strolls down Canton Street where we often meet up with friends for lovely evenings out. Adele’s, Lola’s, & Zest, are all yummy spots for dining with friends. Lucky’s Burger and Brew is our favorite dog-friendly pub to frequent. Phil and I enjoy long, shaded walks with our dog Abigail in nearby Leita Thompson Park. And we take full advantage of Encore Park for live music events just down the street from our home! These are all fun places to take guests. But to be honest, there is nowhere I’d rather spend or share my time than at our home. Three years ago, we built our dream house featuring a game room, art studio, gym, barn, and guest apartment. It was our focus and intent to share it often with family and friends. That, we happily do!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A huge thanks to my husband, Phil Bartholomew, who is the Executive Director of KPB Creative Services! Phil took over the business aspect of our company in January of 2021 in an effort to allow me the opportunity to focus more time and attention on creating art. He has guided and guarded me daily as we chart a course together, building a business featuring my original art!
A portion of our art sales is donated to Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind where our niece McKenzie attends school. It is my honor and privilege to work with and for family!
Also, I can never leave out my former students who taught me more than I could ever teach them. That 15 year foundation as an art educator upholds me, still. Lifelong connections were made in the classroom that continue to fuel my work and outreach.