Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume VIIIFEARLESS WOMEN
Kimberly A. Darovec: Artist by birth. Entrepreneur, coach, therapist, party animal, and human expansion catalyst by design.
1997 – Bachelor’s Degree: Graphic Design, University of Central Florida
2009 – Master’s Degree: Clinical Counseling/Art Therapy, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago
As you’ll read in her story, The Fool’s Crossing: A Rambling Journey, Kimberly lives for art and travel. She grants credit for this passion to her Czech grandparents, who brought her on a National Lampoon’s European Vacation at age sixteen. A knowing nod also tips toward the amazingly cool parents, who allow her the freedom to be and act. At sixteen, and eternally.
Born in Florida, this intrepid traveler put down roots in Orlando for nearly a decade. As a free-spirited crafter of macabre, overtly sensual drawings and vibrantly colored paintings, Kimberly has been spotted, naked, covered in paint, pressed against canvases, joyfully creating with her diverse community of fellow artists. Orlando in the 1990’s was filled with weird and wonderful magic. Bonfires lit the horizon, and artists of all ages, from 17 to 75, danced ‘round them celebrating life!
In the corporate world, Kimberly worked as designer/Photoshop Guru for Orange County Government, the Golf Channel, the Photography/Publicity Department of Universal Studios and moved on to be a trade show marketing Senior Designer, before moving out of state.
Kimberly spent eight months in the hills of Tuscumbia, Alabama, the birthplace of Helen Keller. (The small town’s claim to fame.) There she connected with family, until 2002, when at 27-years-old, a local band of Rockabilly Hairstylists inspired her move to Chicago.
She never left.
In Chicago, Kimberly has won “Best in Show” and “Curator’s Choice” accolades. She prides herself on her diversity of work and ability to adapt to any request or commission, yet maintains her unique, congruently incongruent style of art-making.
ChicagoARTery; Scarab Sanctuary
The Fool’s Crossing: A Rambling Journey
What do rambling road trips, vulnerable souls, dichotomous personas, Sacred Scarabs and the life of a Chicago artist have in common? Follow Kimmi, the Fool in all of us, through the Underworld and back as we emerge triumphant, the Hero of our own journey.