Kim Kasner is an artist living in Pacific Grove, California. She recently moved from San Francisco to the Monterey Bay with her husband, son, and dog, surrounded by peaceful Monterey Pine forests and majestic Asilomar Beach. She has worked over the years in wood, oils, and fiber arts, but now works primarily in pyrography. Having taught visual arts at an alternative high school in San Francisco for ten years, she considers this her primary profession and plans to continue her career in sharing art with young people, but for now is a full-time mother and gladly accepts this chance to explore her path as an artist. 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 friend in Los Angeles asked a handful of artists to create designs on slices of wood for her wedding, in any way they chose. An enthusiastic camper and hiker, the idea of wood immediately and unequivocally screamed "fire!" The effect was natural, minimalist, graphic and sweet-smelling, connecting the artist instantly to memories of snuggling dogs around campfires with tall trees overhead. A perfect match for an inner-city teacher dreaming of fresh air and quiet time. Pets as subjects came naturally to Kim, herself a loving dog-mom. They beg to be represented in works of art- their adoring eyes and hilarious expressions impossible not to immortalize.