Schenectady woman shares meaningful discovery through art

August 03, 2017 06:42 PM

A Schenectady woman is crediting art with helping her discover who she is and now she’s hoping it will do the same for others.

Kymberli Gaillard has loved art since she was a little girl. She started drawing when she was about 8 years old. That eventually led to a love of painting and college at the prestigious art school, Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn.

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She left after one year because it was too expensive, but loved it. In fact, she loved it so much that that the 27-year-old Schenectady High graduate, who prefers oil to acrylic, decided she would start a business, and make a living as an artist.

She says people really like customized portraits of their kids. Her large paintings of African American women are also gaining her attention on social media.

"I felt I really want to push that 'black is beautiful' kind of concept," explained Gaillard.

It’s especially meaningful to Gaillard, because there was a time in her life she had a hard time believing that same concept, because she was teased because of her dark skin.

The paintings led her on a trip of self-discovery and now she hopes to do the same for other women.

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