I strive for images to mean something and move you. They have to matter and go beyond the current trends. In order to do these creatures justice, they must stand the test of time.
These creatures hold a place in the fabric of our lives, they are American history evaporating. It is a giant portion of the drive behind the "why" of what I do.
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.
- Wild Mustangs. Without them the great west was not possible. We traveled, explored and built this land by holding onto their manes and riding the spirit of their hearts. We can honor that gift by being their voice. These beautiful legends, magnificent symbols of freedom and grace are being stripped from their homes, families torn apart and an icon will soon be lost forever. It is my hope to not only celebrate the beauty and magnificence of these creatures but to help them. They are a living breathing history museum, a vital element in our heritage, to our eco-sysytem and to our humanity. To lose them would be a tragically irresponsible disrespect to our past, present and future.
- ART...has a voice ~ Kimerlee Curyl
- Regalo spent 2 years on the range, wild, free, in the Great Divide Basin in Wyoming.
- Chased by helicopter for miles across rugged and diverse landscape in Oct of 2011. He was immediately removed from his family band, loaded on a truck with his mother and shipped to a facility in Utah.
- Imagine, being chased with your family for miles by helicopter, forced into tiny steel pens after living 2 years of your life on over 800k acres of territory. Never seeing a human before and now they are waving plastic bags in your face and forcing only you and your mother onto a stock trailer. Your exhausted as your little legs should never of had to run that far, that fast and that scared. Now you begin the 6+ hour journey in a loud, bumpy trailer stuffed with other scared wild mares and youngsters. You arrive and are unloaded into a flat pen surrounded by fences. The following day your taken from you mother and siblings, run through a squeeze shoot, given vaccines, gelded and moved into a pen with only other newly gelded youngsters. Mother now gone.
- I could actually paint more of this picture from his perspective, but I think you get the idea.
- With all of that happening to him, this is the smartest, most curious, mostly confident horse I have ever been privileged to know. If communicated with well, he loves to learn, if forced, he grows in height and becomes hundreds of pounds heavier of NO YOU WONT MAKE ME. I am completely fascinated by him.
- Adopted in 2013 and he has been "a gift" every day since.
Interview for the #IMWITHTHEBAND campaigns release
Kimerlee Curyl speaks about her journey with wild horses over the past 16 years.