Clara Kim grew up in Goheung, South Korea, at the age of eight, she lost her mother. In her grief, she also lost her words, during this hard time, Clara retreated into her mom's garden, caring for flowers there and playing with the nearby chickens and frogs. All would become fixtures of her art.
Her work is influenced by both ancient Korean art and contemporary western sensibilities. She paints with a decisive yet delicate knife stroke, creating confident lines that breathe life into each piece. Her backgrounds are a mix of acrylic paint and gel medium evocative of traditional Korean paper or clothing.
Her work can be found in the collections of the City of Ottawa, the Government of Ontario and the Korean Ambassador. She has exhibited work in Canada (Toronto, Ontario, Quebec) and Internationally (Switzerland, Korea). A profile of Clara Kim was recently featured in LUXE Magazine.