My name is Kim J. Gifford. I used to call myself a writer and teacher by day and a mild-mannered photographer and artist by night, but I realize that's not true, there is nothing mild-mannered in my passion for what I do. Since I graduated from Middlebury College in 1990, I have been writing as a career on just about any topic imaginable including the kitchen sink, literaly. I worked as a memoir writing instructor for almost 15 years at Lebanon College in Lebanon, N.H. until it closed and since then have worked at various art centers such as AVA Gallery and Artistree, senior centers, and the Writing Center in White River Junction, Vt. teaching memoir and creative writing. I also work as a developmental editor helping clients bring manuscripts to fruition. When it comes to teaching I am adept at working with a variety of populations from teens to seniors and combined groups as well. I am presently working on a collection of short stories as well as my own memoir.
In recent years, I returned to a love of art that began in childhood and also branched out into photography, realizing that both are just new ways of doing what I have been all along — telling stories and helping others to do so. I have exhibited my photographs, art, and collages throughout Vermont, New Hampshire and Washington County in New York state. In addition to pastel, colored pencil, encaustic and digital art I create digital collages that combine photography with hand-drawing in pastel, crayon, colored pencil, embroidery and digital drawing in Adobe Photoshop. My works are whimsical and tend to have fantasy undertones while addressing the theme of transformation. One artist has referred to them as "hand-worked stories." I try to capture the "adult" within the child and the magical world they inhabit as they face the transition from youth to adulthood. I frequently use art prompts when teaching writing. I have three pugs—Alfie, Waffles and Amore who often make an appearance in my work.