Art Tutor Kimbra Taylor, ARTWORKS
Artworks is a New Zealand based organisation founded by award winning artist Kimbra Taylor.
Kimbra offers online courses, face to face classes and workshops showing beginner adults how to draw and paint with watercolour. She runs WorksmART mindfulness + creativity workshops for businesses and is a mindfulness practitioner. Kimbra is a commissioned portrait artist and exhibits and sells her work, locally and nationally. You can view her work in her online gallery.
Kimbra is dedicated to helping individuals achieve mindfulness through learning how to draw. Her techniques and strategies enable people who have never drawn or painted to become competent in both fields. Competency in drawing and painting involves not only fundamental technique but also mind management skills and strategies. These techniques and strategies are transferable to our personal and business lives, empowering us to optimise outcomes by using more of our brain’s capacity.
Kimbra graduated from the Wellington School of design with a Diploma of Visual Communications and gained a teacher’s certificate from Christchurch Training College. She worked as an illustrator and visualiser in publishing and advertising for several years. She went on to work as a freelance illustrator specializing in magazine, fashion and book illustration and was employed as a tutor at the Wellington School of Design in illustration, graphic techniques and life drawing.
She worked as a children’s book illustrator for Thomas Nelson publishing and has many published books. Kimbra has tutored at Whitireia Polytechnic, Weltec, the Wellington School of Architecture and Massey University where she taught life drawing, general drawing, illustration and perspective.
She attended the 2018 NZ Mindfulness Leadership Conference and in 2019 attended Bruno Cayhoun’s mindfulness retreat. She has worked with Stephen Archer, one of NZ’s foremost meditation teachers.
Finalist in the 2014 Parkin Award.
Finalist in the 2010 Adam Award National Portrait Exhibition. Her portrait, “Girl with a Blue Hot Water Bottle” was one of forty selected to tour the country.
Merit award at the 2010 Kapiti / Horowhenua Annual Review Exhibition – Select/ED.
2009 winner of the Gordon Harris best painting award at the NZ Splash National Watercolour Exhibition.
Studio Artist in the Kapiti Arts Trails.
She is currently working on a series of New Zealand native bird paintings.