Kim Uchiyama is a painter of abstract watercolors, for whom locations are central influences if not the literal subjects of her work. In fact, many of her works’ characteristic bands of color reference landscapes or elements of the sea and sky. The fields of color in her works vary between solid and gestural, sometimes offering glimpses of previous layers. Uchiyama works on both dry surfaces as well as wet-on-wet, and tends to work on six to eight paintings concurrently, expanding upon a single theme or set of colors. Her major influences include Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Josef Albers, and Hans Hofmann.