Kimberly Beer is a writer, photography, entrepreneur, and self-proclaimed “creative adventurer.” Beer’s journey as an artist and writer has not been an easy one. “I’m a mixed bag of tricks,” she says, “People who know me as an artist or writer don’t realize I’m an entrepreneur who owns and operates a working cattle ranch.” The demanding hours as a cattle ranch owner and entrepreneur leaves Beer little time for her creative desires. She continues pursuing her passion for writing and art despite the requirements of her day job. “I could no more deny it than deny my need to breath,” she says.
Beer is one of the few artists to be published in Kansas City Voices in three different genres: prose, poetry, and art. Readers can find Beer’s “What Comes Around” (Prose), “Michael’s Tear’s” (Poetry), and “Indian Pony Run” (Art) in volume 12.
Interview with Kimberly Beer
“An Artist’s Life on the Ranch”
by Hannah Chow
Chow: Exactly what do you want to say with your photographs, and how do you get your photos to convey that same message to the viewers?
Beer: I want to move people with my images — or, more precisely, show them what moves me about what I see in the world. I am a true optimist and I can see beauty in everything — even the ugly and forsaken. All of my work strives to help you see what I see whether it be the spiritual connection of the relationship between horse and human or the elegance of a raccoon skull surrounded by flowers.
Chow: What motivates you to continue taking pictures economically, politically, intellectually, or emotionally?
Beer: I shoot photos everyday no matter what because it fulfills me in a way nothing else can. I always say when I lift the camera to my eye, I make a soul connection to my subject that is filtered through Spirit – a cosmic triangle that is filled with energy. It is an amazing high for me.
Chow: What lens do you find yourself grabbing for the most?
Beer: My favorite is a 70-200 2.8 Canon L lens. Even as a working photographer, I spent a lot of years with off-brand lenses because I couldn’t afford a professional lens of this quality. It shoots so easy and both the sharpness and bokeh are amazing.
Chow: What is the best piece of writing advice you have received?
Beer: That’s easy: Don’t listen to writing advice. Write from your soul — that’s the only advice you need.
Chow: What was your biggest learning experience or surprise throughout the publishing process?
Beer: All of my publishing experiences have been fairly painless, which is not always the case if I believe my peers. The only surprise I had was when I fully realized how, when you turn a story or a poem over to the world, you give the words their own life and that life is beyond your control. Readers bring their experiences to everything you put out into the world, for good or bad —that realization really blew away all those years of college trying to analyze literature! People see things in my writing that I had no idea were there and sometimes they miss what I put in on purpose. It’s fascinating.
Chow: What are you currently doing or have done in the past to build a platform and gain readership?
Beer: In the past, simply getting published; entering contests, going to readings, etc. Right now, I’m blogging. I have always mostly dabbled at creative writing, but now I’m ready to embrace it fully.
Photography website: http://kimbeerphotography.com
Artist Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KimberlyBeerCA
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