Did you know that All Smilez got it's name from Kim's smiling students? It's true, but its not what you think. Way before Kim started running small group art classes from her home studio, she was a primary school teacher.
Even before she had her own children, she was a primary school teacher.
And even before that she was an artist.
When she was at home with her first baby, she had to think of something inspiring to paint. What was the first thing that came to mind? Her sea of smiling students looking up at her from the classroom mat when she was a regular classroom teacher.
That's when Kim started painting simple smiling children characters. These grew in popularity and soon Kim was painting personalised paintings sold all around the world!
Check out this 2 page spread in Little Treasures parent's magazine from 2006!
Back at the start, she called it Artworx by Kim, and when it came time to build a better website, a more fitting name of All Smilez was born!
From time to time Kim still gets orders for these little portraits. And STILL receives emails from families who cherish these keepsakes 10-20 years later!
To get your own, even extra large family portrait style, where Kim paints these WITH your children, go to this page:
When Kim decided to move from Raglan to Hamilton, and create her own little art classes, she called it Kreate Academy.... then when she realised she needed a website for this too, it became obvious that she should use the website she already had. So the name Kreate was abandoned and All Smilez was jolted into something more!
YES! Kim could combine her love of painting, with her teaching experience, AND her love of small groups/ 1 to 1 , more personalised teaching.
And do you know what????? I have something really special to tell you next.
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR THE REVEAL OF THE NEXT DEVELOPMENTS IN OUR
ALL SMILEZ JOURNEY!
Kim's love of drawing and painting have guided her through all the tough decisions in life, and her passion to help other's know that EVERYONE'S AN ARTIST.