About Us

Deep Impressions Underwater Art

Hi,

Kim here! I’m a scuba diver and artist, in case you can’t tell 😉

I’ve been painting underwater scenes since 1998 and went full time when my Mum and I opened our art studio in 2018.

Growing up I had no idea what to do with my life and no self confidence. I started diving, at first to please my Dad but I later realised that being in the sea was the key to my happiness and this changed my life. By painting, it keeps me connected to the ocean and I can live in the moment.

I grew up with a BSAC First class diver & instructor Dad and a snorkelling Mum. My partner Mike (a marine biologist) and I live and dive off our boat in Plymouth. I started diving at 14 with my Dad in Guernsey and I was hooked. Later, I packed myself off to Australia and was blown away by the Great Barrier Reef. Even after 30 years of diving that excitement never fades, you never know what you may see and this keeps me wanting to get back in. I started taking underwater photographs quite early on and much later, Mum and I began turning those pictures into multi-layered paintings.

Creating our art:

Around that time, I was at Plymouth College of Art and Design training to be a sign-writer. I found I could transfer these meticulous painting skills to create all the detail needed to make my paintings more accurate. Mum, having painted forever, took to it like a duck to water. Lately, our work is far more abstract, exploring different textures and mediums and giving us the freedom of expression in different ways. While our detailed art represents what we’ve seen underwater, our abstracts capture how we feel.

Our work on show

We opened our studio in Plymouth in 2018. Over the years we have exhibited at many international shows, including the Dive shows at the NEC, Olympia, the Excel centre and in the Netherlands. We’ve also exhibited at the NEC Spring and Autumn Fairs, the Festival of Sea in the UK and in Belgium and more recently we were guest artists at Scott Gleed’s ‘Oceanic’ exhibition Scotland.

 

 

Through painting we hope to remind people of their own connection to the sea and in doing so reinforce the crucial importance of conserving our oceans and ideally help to promote sustainable marine life management.

We are continually grateful to our supporters and customers who make it all worthwhile. Thank you!

 

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‘Absolutely love all their paintings. I bought one at the Dive Show, I was so impressed with all the detail, quality and how beautiful all the paintings are.’

Gemma Morris

‘Something from Deep Impressions would adorn every room in my house if I could get away with it! Their studio is little piece of nirvana, one of Plymouths best kept secrets.’

Sarah Jane Jackson

‘I am a huge fan of your paintings. One or more adorns the walls in every room in our home.’

Tricia Brewer

‘Lovely! Paintings you can lose yourself in.’

Jan Mansi

‘My husband adored the painting. Thank you, we’re delighted with it.’

Karen Woods

‘A huge thanks to you both for the painting, which now sits proudly in our hall opposite the front door so it’s the first thing people see.’

Stephen Fletcher

'Kim’s painting immortalised our six month stay on Shetland both above and below the waves.'

Jeremy Pierce

‘Thank you so much for my wonderful painting. It has pride of place in my home. What a talented pair!’

Sally Langridge

'We have three amazing original paintings, all shark related. I love them more everyday! 

Emily Sims

'Breath taking work by amazing and friendly artists. We have several pieces in our collection. Would definitely recommend visiting their studio'.

Jacob Congreve

'Your picture makes me happy every day'.

Tamsin Greaves

‘Having chosen a lovely painting from the studio for a special gift, Kim did so much to ensure it was beautifully framed as I wished and delivered safely'.

Anthony Monaghan

'I couldn't resist buying two paintings. I'm delighted that I did - they look great in my home'. 

John Wyatt 

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