As a child, Kim Kori had dreams of traveling to many parts
of the world. She was shy and spent much of her time in
here room painting and reading about foreign lands. So
strong was her wanderlust, that at 18, after having her
plans to attend college shattered, she found a way to
travel from Pennsylvania to California. And thus her
"flower-child" journey began.
In her exploration of California, Kim learned many
arts and crafts, including intricate embroidery, designing
and making clothing for one of a kind boutiques, leather
work, spinning and dyeing wool, and scrimshaw (the art of
Fate brought Kim to Sedona in the late 70's. Here,
she continued to develop her scrimshaw skills and earned a
reputation as one of the best in this field. She also
learned other art forms including jewelry making and fine
woodworking. In the 80's, Kim took a job in a fine art
foundry where she leaned the process of bronze casting and
became very skilled in finishing the waxes from which the
sculptures were cast. At this time, Kim began her love
affair with sculpting by doing some of her own creations.
"Suddenly, I was addicted to sculpting. For years, I
worked for other artists day and night to save money so
that I could cast my own pieces."
Kim's life has been laced with sadness and difficult
times, but there was always one constant: the strong
desire to be an artist. "Instead of dwelling on the sad
times in my life, I try to be grateful for my artistic
gift. My creative spirit has kept me alive and I'm
fortunate for that."
Kim started her sculpting career with no funds. It
took many devoted hours of hard work, with a very minimal
social life, to reach her goal of being a professional
sculptor. Her efforts have paid off and she now has a
thriving career. Her work is in private collections in
many parts of the world and has been purchased for public
placement in Tulsa, OK; Loveland, CO; Bellevue, NB;
Ontario, Canada; Orange County, FL; Sedona, AZ; Mesa, AZ:
Tumwater, WA; and Winterthur, Switzerland.
Kim has combined her love of flora and fauna, with
her lively imagination, to create sculptures that entwine
magic with reality. She has a tremendous ability to give
her sculptures an enchanting quality that transports
viewers to that rare place between the believable and the
unbelievable. "Several people have told me the animals I
sculpt have souls. I couldn't ask for a greater
compliment." Kim's home is surrounded by majestic
landscape and abundant wildlife. She continues to be an
avid student of nature here as she studies the native
plants and creatures that visit her yard.
View Kim Kori's sculptures and experience as a piece
of her magical world.
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