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Kimberly Merck-Moore

 

Greetings, and welcome to my forest! The work you see here evolved from a fierce need to create and to tell my viewers a story. The many layers that are so essential to my work each tell a part, whether as a curve of a branch, a secret path behind a tree, or a nest of eggs hidden in a secret drawer. As a native Texan, I grew up with a forest behind my home and spent my childhood playing and imagining amongst the trees. The Secret Garden was my favorite book as a child, and plays heavily in all of my work. While I studied psychology in college, art is the profession that really stirs my soul. I usually start with a quick sketch. I try to bring my sketchbook with me where ever I go, as you never know what will inspire. While usually it is the trees themselves, often an old building with particularly interesting paint that is peeling or worn, or the reflection of a gnarly old oak in the window of an old building will do the trick for me. I like a distressed, rustic or vintage feel. With my work, I don't believe in perfect lines or precise measurements, just as nature is usually without perfect construction. As I create a new series, I might begin with a hidden measurements, just as nature is usually without perfect construction. As I create a new series, I might begin with a hidden meadow with a forest at the edge, and start with those trees. Then I might lead you down a secret path behind those trees, to finally, a secret garden of sorts. Each piece builds upon the next and continues the dialogue. Once the starting piece is decided on, I start by building a wood panel or box. A texture medium is added and about 15-20 layers of acrylic washes build the color. I like a misty sort of ethereal look to color, so I do a lot of wiping off and applying more color to achieve the desired depth. I then sculpt the paper clay onto the surface, allow that to dry, and finish with more paint. The papper clay is also used for the many creatures one might find in a secret garden, as well as any trim you might see that mimics wood. I like to use a lot of copper, I age the sheets and emboss and cut into leaves or trim. Glass is also used as an accent, as well as wax, vintage jewelry parts and wood for things such as doors and boxes. This is time consuming work, and unless noted, all originals. It is hard to say how long each piece takes, because I am usually working on many at a time due to drying time, etc, but rest assured that each is a labor of love and creativity...

 

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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image.

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