Although the role of motherhood never ends, a woman needs to venture and discover her true self outside of the role of a mother as her children become individual adults themselves. When Claudia Oun Ok Kim found more time on her hands and a new season in life, she decided to fulfill one of her lifelong dreams by putting her hand to paint. What began as a hobby and a journey to discover more about herself as an individual, became a passion and an avenue to pursue a professional career as an artist. Kim believes that no matter what life may bring you or what age you find yourself, new discoveries about yourself and even new careers can emerge. 

Kim’s painting process begins as a sketch of her main concept on canvas. From there she paints on an acrylic plate and then presses it against the main canvas. She has experimented with this painting process to create layers of printed images that create a mystical effect that can’t be expressed by brush strokes. 

Her colors are sweet and pleasant, well harmonized, and fulfill space with groups of indescribable shapes, which are amazingly alive at the same time. These groups of shapes embrace each other, and even further, they have a strong bond which becomes an axis of her paintings. 

Kim’s artwork are formations of overcoming the years of unbearable hardships. Her passion for art is expressed through putting on canvas her emotions, griefs, heartaches and hopes. She embraces time and space and reaches out to the future full of delightful dreams. 

Each painting is an original and embodies humanity at its essence - a mixture of hardships and joy, beauty and pain. 


Solo Exhibitions

March          2013        Space Art Center in South Pasadena, CA           

Jan   -  Mar 2008        Hama Restaurant in Venice, CA

Apr  -  May 2007        Lee & Lee Gallery in Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibitions

July 6 - August 30    Peninsula Artists, Expressions of Fine Art

2017                                   South Bay Lexus

                                              24777 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA

July 22 - 28, 2017         Sookmyung Alumni Exhibition

                                     Los Angeles, CA


September 2015          Korea Daily Cultural Center Gallery

                                     Los Angeles, CA


May 2013                     Lucero Photography, Fullerton Art Walk

                                     Fullerton, CA


September 2013          Share & Do Good, Fullerton Art Walk

                                     Fullerton, CA


June 2012                    The 10th Exhibition

                                     Assiart Gallery in Los Angeles, CA


Dec 2009                    The 8th Exhibition

                                     Lee & Lee Gallery in Los Angeles, CA


Apr 2009                     Christian Artist Exhibition

                                     Modern Art Gallery in Los Angeles, CA


Mar 2008                    Christian Artist Exhibition

                                     Modern Art Gallery in Los Angeles, CA


Oct 2006                     Kang’s 7th Art Studio Exhibition

                                     Kang’s Art Studio in Northridge, CA