Kim Bakers work takes inspiration from the memento mori art tradition, using Flowers, forests and animals as the motif whilst retaining a gestural and layering technique. Baker often paints over her work several times, creating layers imbuing the work with depth and giving it a sense of history. Her landscapes have an unearthly feel, as if something strange is about to happen. The viewer is unsure whether it is dusk or dawn or even what season the landscape in the painting depicts. Influences include Dutch 17th Century floral still life, the baroque paintings of Murillo, the chiaroscuro of Caravaggio and the landscapes of David Bomberg and Ivon Hitchens.
Baker graduated with a BA Hons Fine Art degree from Birmingham University. She has exhibited widely, including group and solo exhibitions and art fairs in London, New York, Hong Kong, Newcastle and Reykjavik. In 2009 Baker completed a residency at the Signy and Olaf Willums Art Foundation in France. Her work has been featured in Art Monthly, Time Out and S Magazine. 1n 2013 she was featured in the Thames and Hudson book Nature Morte by Michael Petry.