We had the good fortune of connecting with Kimberley Cornell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kimberley, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I decided to pursue a career in the arts, because art is something that I have been passionate about for most of my life. I couldn’t picture myself following another path. I have a love for all the arts and the different avenues of expression that they provide. I really enjoy imagining worlds and scenarios in my head, then creating it with my hands. I appreciate that it is a way for me to use my brain, use certain tools, and connect with others.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art tends to flow with my interests and what’s on my mind or what I feel connected to. I like to tell stories with my work. I also love drawing characters and people. I like expressing different behaviors, personalities, and styles. I think my love of movies, shows, and theater can be seen in my work. I think it’s so cool that the audience can be transported to another world, another time, or a different life. There is something called the “suspension of disbelief” where the audience will set aside their logical thought process in order to get lost in a fictional story or play. I hope that what I create pulls my audience into my stories of make believe and leaves them with something meaningful. My favorite thing to do in my illustrations or paintings is to play pretend and bring these scenarios and characters to life in my art.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I were to show any of my friends around So-Cal, I would probably take them to museums, the beach, hiking trails, a nice coffee shop, a cool record store, or we could go thrift shopping. I think that the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is one of my favorite places to go. They have such a great collection and I love the different exhibits that they have. I really like Torrey Pines State Beach in San Diego. Amoeba Music is a great big record store in Los Angeles. Half Off Books Record Films in Fullerton, CA is a place where I always find fun stuff. It’s also great to discover new places wherever you go.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family has been the biggest part of my journey as an artist, from words of encouragement to letting me draw portraits of them. My parents have encouraged me to follow my dreams and pray to God for guidance along the way. I have often heard that artists face a lot of opposition and discouragement from family and peers. I am fortunate that I haven’t faced this in my own life. I have been very blessed to be surrounded by many people who love me and support my artistic path in life. It’s easy to get discouraged as an artist, but it helps a lot to have loved ones to pick you up when you are down. I am also thankful to my many professors and teachers who were willing to advise me and answer my many art questions. Thank you to all the wonderful people in my life my family, my friends, and my instructors!