Kim Jacobs began her illustration journey fascinated by early children’s book and fairy tale illustrators such as Edmund Dulac, Arthur Rackham, and Howard Pyle, and the beautiful watercolors of
Swedish artist Carl Larsson. Training herself as a painter, Kim gained insight into color and composition from the Dutch masters of her ancestral home, and practiced by drawing figures from
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.
While still in college, Kim began her professional career with her illustration of numerous stories for early childhood education. Initially working towards fulfilling a childhood dream of
illustrating fairy and folk tales, the opportunity arose to begin illustrating for greeting cards in 1982 and after great success and expansion into a wide range of other products in the stationery,
gift and toy fields, she began the pieces for her first Cobblestone Way calendar for the year 1990. A tradition was born which has consumed most of her illustration energies since. The Cobblestone
Way is celebrating its 29th year in publication with plans for a 30 year celebration coming up soon!
From the very beginning, each month’s painting, as well as all of Kim’s illustrations, were founded in Kim’s love of creation and her fascination with worlds in transformation- from soil to garden,
infant to adult, blank paper to colorful composition. She has drawn inspiration from many diverse sources such as art, literature, dreams, fantasies and from her own extensive travels, blending all
together to portray unique places that exist nowhere and anywhere.
Kim grew up in the wonderful world of coastal California, and there she met her soul mate Bob. Together they began a journey in search of their shared dream of a country homestead. But no matter
where Kim has found herself from the beautiful mid-coast of California, to a wild river valley in Oregon and finally to the far coast of Maine where they have been settled on 140 acres of fields and
forest, in a home powered by the sun for the last twenty years, her paintings have continued to reflect her surroundings as well as the detailed worlds of her imagination.
Kim began putting her ideas into words, complimenting her artwork in books, on the joys and lessons of sharing her cottage world with cats in Cottage Cats, My
Companions on the Path to Joy, on the importance of friends in Glad You're My Friend, and in the verses of a set of ABC flash cards that
she illustrated in her new tissue paper collage style.
Kim has now come full circle, fulfilling her initial desire to illustrate children's books with - Princess Sophie and the Six Swans, A Tale from the Brothers Grimm - both retold and illustrated by Kim was released in
March 2017. Also with Wisdom Tales Press, Princess Rosie's Rainbows, illustrated by Kim and written by the indomitable Bette Killion in her 90th year, published in October 2015.
Kim says of her work, “if in ‘visiting’ these places I’ve created in my paintings, even one person experiences a bit of joy or peace, or a stirring of their own imagination toward creating a bit of
beauty for themselves, I can feel that I’ve achieved something worthwhile."