Paivi King was born and raised in Finland. Prior to moving to the United States, Paivi practiced law as a Vice Judge as well was in service positions with the Board of Buildings.
In 1988 Paivi traveled to the U.S. to study at the Macrobiotics Study House in Boston, this is where she met her husband Warren King, whom practiced Eastern medicine and acupuncture in Minnetonka. In 1990 Warren and Paivi were married and began their lives together, raising two children Lars and Amanda. Over the years Paivi traveled to several countries and captured breathtaking landscapes and monuments in photographs. It is from these photographs of places far and as near as her back garden that Paivi has drawn her inspiration for her Pastel paintings.
Pastel are considered by the lay person to be a form of drawing, but in fact, a work done in pastel is considered a painting by definition as well, there are no truer or permanent color pigments than those found in a pastel pallet.
Paivi has loved playing the piano over the years and still is able to play some classical pieces, a beautiful and artistic outlet that has been a constant in her life. A new artistic outlet came through trying several forms of art in 2010. Paivi tried water color as well as ceramics before working with pastel almost exclusively. As you look at her work you can insert yourself into the locations which she has painted, amazing that she has painted for only the last several years. Over the course of these several years, Paivi studied and took classes at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts under the guidance of Cynthia Kath. Using the photographic images she took during her travels or time living in Finland and Minnesota Paivi has; without reservation, been able to capture not only the particular landscape, but evoke the sense of peace and pleasure found at each specific location.
The work on display here is a portion of the incredible collection that Paivi created in a short seven years. A year ago, September of 2017, Paivi was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and has recently stopped painting. On display is Paivi's first painting "Montana' and one of her last, 'Cosmos'. There are 35 paintings available.
This show is a tribute and celebration of Paivi King, a Wife, Mother and Artist. All of the work in this show are original the value will increase and be realized by those who purchase Paivi’s art. Purchasing and displaying Paivi’s work in your personal collections will assist in perpetuating her legacy and help with her Care expenses. The King’s thank you for your show of support, love and gratitude. All sales will go to the Kings.