All posts by Kim Novak

“I never dreamed of becoming an actress or a movie star. As a young girl I won two scholarships to the prestigious Chicago Art Institute where I hoped one day to become a great artist. Working as a model during junior college, I traveled to Hollywood on summer vacation where I was discovered by an agent and signed to Columbia Pictures. In 1956 I became the No. 1 box office star in the world for three years, starring opposite actors such as Jimmy Stewart, William Holden and Frank Sinatra, and working with Directors like Alfred Hitchcock. My most famous film was Hitchcock’s “Vertigo,” which is considered by many to be the greatest movie ever made. “Picnic” and “Bell, Book and Candle” were two of my favorites. It is so rewarding to know that my film work is receiving more acclaim with the passage of time. Although I have never received an Oscar, I was given a Golden Globe and have been honored with the prestigious Golden Bear Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2003 I was presented with the Eastman Kodak Archives Award for my contribution to film – preceded by honorees Greta Garbo, Jimmy Stewart, Audrey Hepburn, Martin Scorsese and Meryl Streep. At the height of my film career I decided to walk away from Hollywood – not wanting to fall prey to the tragic endings that often result when stars and sex symbols get lost in an identity crisis. I turned my back on a successful and lucrative career to define who I was and what I really wanted to give and get out of life. I moved to a cliffside dwelling along the wild coast of Big Sur, California with the purpose of creating a lifestyle in harmony with nature while combining it with my love of painting and writing poetry. I remember how pleased I was when one of my poems was made into a song and recorded by the Kingston Trio and Harry Belafonte. I married twice, first to a Shakespearean actor from England after we fell in love while filming “The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders,” and then again to my soul mate, equine veterinarian Robert Malloy. We now live with our dogs and horses in Southern Oregon. When not off riding in the hills and valleys, I am off painting the hills and valleys. My first dream has never changed. I feel so grateful for the perspective I gained while experiencing the art of “make believe” in Hollywood, and then returning to my first goal to refine my talent and paint my feeling. Over these years I have had the opportunity to study with many fine artists. I have been particularly blessed to receive the wisdom and influence of my two great and irreplaceable mentors, Harley Brown and Richard McKinley. Now I feel ready to share some of the results of these past years. My only limitations are the boundaries of my imagination. I hope always to be able to stretch my mind as I exercise my body so that I will can keep growing my dreams and expressing my fantasies. I’ve lived a long rich life, and the wonders of Nature have allowed my eyes to retain their innocence to experience things for the first time. There is so much of life that still touches me profoundly, and if I can touch someone else along the way, in my own way, I can’t imagine any better reward!”

Man in the Moon

Main in the Moon, 16 x 12 painting by Kim Novak ©2020

Pastel over Watercolor

I’m a believer that there are no such things as ‘accidents’ in life, so when this sweet robin started to tap gently on my studio window I became entranced and decided to paint the event. When I was putting on some of my last strokes, I discovered a flaw in the surface that I was working on. I wanted to keep my first impressions, so I created a halo over the bird’s head…and then I saw Him!!!!  OMG!

See if you can find Him too!


New Paintings Coming Soon!

This has been such a tragic time in history for all of us in this world — and it has touched us all in so many ways. Please know that my heart goes out to each and every one of you. May we find peace together in a brighter tomorrow!

Hannah and I have been putting together many new paintings and poems for my website. Hopefully, looking at them can bring you some pleasure. Most were introduced as part of my Retrospective exhibit at the Butler Museum of American Art last year. How special it was for me to witness and feel the appreciation for my lifetime’s work in art! For me, it was more rewarding than if I had received a Hollywood “Oscar”!

Anyway, you can expect a notice on Facebook, any day now, from Hannah that she has all the information and pictures ready to post on my website. These paintings are inspired by my life’s experiences, actions and reactions. In one of my favorites, called “LOST AND FOUND HORIZONS,” I painted a picture that could be interesting if hung and viewed in any of its four directions…depending on one’s mood. So I painted images to be discovered from any angle.

By now you may know that when you look at any of my paintings, they are not always just what they first appear to be — you may want you to look for more to be revealed. I will be excited to learn of your reactions and interpretation…and, just in case you want to know where my head and heart was during its ‘birthing’ process, read my poem and follow the CLUES!

I hope you will enjoy the journey into my mind and soul — colored, of course, by my imagination.


~ Kim

PS. Hannah and I changed the painting at the top of my Facebook page. It is part of one of my new pastels and a good example of my surrealistic style. Try seeing if you can find something that is not only what it appears to be!

Have fun with it!!!