Kim Abernethy

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Kim Abernethy is an artist who has known that she wanted to be an artist since she was six years old. Like many people, she did not listen to that voice until much later in life. Finally, she did stop to listen, started painting full-time, and has never looked back. “I’m the poster child for it’s never too late.”

Abernethy and her husband, Tom, have lived in Boone for thirty-plus years. They met in college: she attended Appalachian State University and he attended Lees McRae College. After getting married, they settled in Boone where they raised their two children. During those years, her art took the form of photography and interior design. These days, she can be found painting by the scenic pathways, byways, and rivers of High Country.

Abernethy has a deep love for the mountains and focuses on places untouched by development. She has always possessed a heightened awareness of and an appreciation for the beauty in the world around her. Using oil as her medium, much of her work is done en plein air. The experience of creating art outdoors gives her a connection to the work and allows her to convey a strong sense of place and time in her paintings. She expands on this experience by using the plein air pieces as a basis to create larger works in her studio in Boone, NC.

Abernethy is a member of Oil Painters of America, The American Impressionist Society, and North Carolina Plein Air Painters. She has participated in numerous juried group and solo shows. She is represented by several galleries across the Southeast and her work can be found in collections throughout the United States.


“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”

 George Eliot

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