Kim Kasner is an artist and National Board certified art educator in San Francisco, California, living with her husband, son, and dog in Duboce Triangle. She works in wood, oils, and fiber arts, and has taught a variety of media at an alternative high school in the city for ten years. She has shown work in small pop-up galleries in Oakland and Southern California, as well as displaying artwork at dog spas in the Castro and Marina Districts in San Francisco. Brought up as an oil painter, the idea of wood burning never surfaced until a close friend in Los Angeles asked a handful of artist friends to create designs on slices of wood for her wedding, in any way the artists chose. An enthusiastic camper and hiker, the idea of wood immediately and unequivocally screamed "fire!" The effect was natural, minimalist, and sweet-smelling, connecting the artist instantly to memories of snuggly dogs around campfires with tall trees overhead. A perfect match for an inner-city teacher dreaming of fresh air and peace. Dogs as subjects came naturally to Kim, herself a loving dog-mom. They beg to be represented on canvas as well as wood panels- their adoring eyes and hilarious expressions impossible not to immortalize.