Kim Emerson has been designing and creating mosaics full-time for private and public spaces since 1991 in San Diego, California, USA. In education, her Bachelor of Arts degree was in Art History, and her Master of Science degree was in Historic Preservation of Architecture.
She worked in various areas of both these fields prior to establishing her own business, Kim Emerson Mosaics, LLC. She has built her career making mosaics for large public art projects, residential commissions, and her own smaller gallery works. Her projects involve working with city and county municipalities, non-profit organizations, community groups, contractors, educators, galleries and museums. Alongside her husband Dennis Reiter, together they established the San Diego Mosaic School in 2015 where they teach mosaics as a fine art.
Kim states: ”For me, expression as an artist comes through the medium and ancient language of mosaic art, whether it is functional or purely aesthetic. I mindfully cut, arrange, and set geometric “tesserae” of glass, ceramic tile, natural stone, and/or in combination with found objects. I assemble patterns of tesserae in a way that creates something representational or abstract, but specifically designed to be in harmony with its surrounding environment, community, or my thoughts of imagination. Mosaics are like permanent paintings that reflect light and shadows through texture, depth, and color. I strive to create my mosaics as fine art with an emotional connection that tells a story beyond what is found in the selection of materials, adhesives, and substrate.”