Because shoes are an extension of the human foot on its journey through life, KJ Shows believes that shoes have an ability to record and recall life’s memorable moments and sentiments.
Through highly-skilled observation and meticulous attention to detail, she conjures memories of pivotal life moments in every loafer, boot, tennis shoe, cleat, and sandal.
From the iconic Gucci Horse-bit loafer to wing tipped shoes to golf shoes and penny loafers, she expertly captures each individual texture of a particular shoe to depict its unique character.
KJ Shows was born in Seabrook, Texas in 1965.
In 1983 Shows enrolled at the Art Institute of Houston to study Visual Communications. After graduating in 1985 she worked for a silkscreen company in Houston, Texas. After four years Shows relocated to Sacramento, CA and worked for Anne Bruce Inc. Advertising as their Assistant Art Director. Shows was drawn to the creative environment and contemporary art scene in San Francisco so in 1989 she relocated there and worked for David Neuman Enterprises as a silk screener.
In 1990 Shows took a job with American Airlines as a Ramper so she would have flexible hours allowing her to devote more time to her painting. The job with American also had the added benefit of allowing her to travel the world to experience different cultures and draw inspiration from international art shows and galleries. During her time living in San Francisco, Shows participated in a number of group and solo exhibits, immersing herself in the cities art scene.
In 2001 Shows moved to Kennebunk, ME, located just over an hour north of Boston. Her new environment, home studio space and proximity to Boston invigorated her creative exploration. Shows began devoting more time to painting and participating in solo and group exhibits across the country. In 2012 Shows retired from American Airlines and now pursues her art full time.