The Hollywood dream moved her west from Minnesota but it was the heart of a horse that changed everything. Having worked on both sides of the camera Kimerlee has the natural ability of capturing emotion. Delivering imagery that is described as unique, dramatic and evocative. Emphasizing graceful lines, rich textures and a view of the horse not done before. Since 2004 she has been capturing an intimate connection with the wild, leaving the viewer imagining their very breath on their face.
Influenced by photographic genius such as Herb Ritts, Nick Brandt and Kurt Markus. Her style is her own in relation to the horse and has become increasingly recognizable. She has traveled the world, capturing the essence and spirit of stunning horses. Yet, the allure of raw, wild, untouched beauty, rugged terrain, harsh elements along with the challenge of finding wild horses and the patience for them to trust her, is the oxygen to her soul.
Being mostly self taught, for many years Kimerlee’s work was captured with inexpensive equipment and very limited resources, working many jobs to keep a horse in her life and film in her camera. Her love of the horse and perseverance for what she believes in, a desire to learn, share and educate through art and awareness has been a driving force for over 16 years now.
The work reflects passion, purpose and is fused with environmental consciousness. Dedicated to the cause, Kimerlee’s hope is to inspire others, not only to appreciate the beauty of these creatures, but to take an interest in helping preserve their place on this land. The same land that they allowed us to travel upon as we revolutionized this country not that many years ago. Now, sadly, America’s wild horses are facing their final stand as we continue to round them up, stockpile them in long term holding and ship them off to destinations “unknown”…while rapidly destroying our nations heritage. Kimerlee firmly believes by the history laid behind us, that we are destroying ourselves in the process.
Kimerlee lives in the beautiful valley of Santa Ynez, CA with her two horses, a paint mare named Sequoia and a young newly adopted wild mustang el Regalo. She is represented by one of the country’s largest fine art publishers, prestigious galleries along with national, international and celebrity collectors. Her work has been used in numerous advertising campaigns and product branding. Most importantly, it has become a small voice for those who don’t have one…our remaining wild horses.
Kimerlee’s stunning photography of wild horses is featured throughout the WBF website. To see more of her work, visit www.kimerleecuryl.com