artist statement

...the whole being greater than its parts

I have been painting big abstract paintings for 15 years and it always comes down to this: making beauty in all its iterations. My artistic life demands this of me and it is my primary passion for relating to both our natural and man-made environments. What better way to engage in the human experience? Creating art connects me to the universe: to people and places; to feelings, ideas, and romance.  


My art is about exploring fresh expressions and gestures. On any given day I do not know how that will manifest until I am standing point blank in front of the work at hand. Being spontaneous is risky, and challenges my vulnerabilities, but for me art is about creating something authentic for the soul: finding an essence of something, and imbuing the image with something that transcends its properties: rhythm, energy, mystery and surprise. Indeed, creating beauty is a miracle, and who doesn’t need a miracle now and then?



I am a Bay Area native, a third generation Californian and have lived in Marin for 25 years. I earned a Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley and studied printmaking at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in Southern California. I have been working from my studio at the Industrial Center Building in Sausalito, CA, for 12 years and have been exhibiting actively for the last 16 years in solo, group, and juried exhibitions. “As a mid-career artist, Kuhn has developed her own recognizable style. Her inspirational sources encompass deep feelings of connectivity, vulnerability, spontaneity, and joy. Her travels to Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean have enriched her creative process resulting in enigmatic and provocative work. Today, Kuhn continues to work towards creating art with a focus on beauty, energy, and her own truth, reflecting her inner passion for life and adventure.” (Emebet Korn, Desta Gallery) My artwork can be found in numerous private and corporate collections.


I have served on the Mill Valley Art Commission; created the Mill Valley “Click Off” annual photography contest; and curated numerous group art shows at the ICB. I have been a juror for the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, The Mill Valley Milley Awards, and chaired the 44th Annual ICB Winter Open Studios with over 100 participating artists. I continue to be active in the community, and support fund-raising efforts at Art for AIDS, Lymelight Foundation and Feed America, as well as for a variety of schools and local charitable organizations.