Kimberly Shavender was born and raised in the Carolinas where she developed a strong appreciation for the outdoors and a sense of adventure, freedom and beauty that comes from being there. Her interest in photography began at a young age and in 1992 she began learning the art of photography with her first SLR. While pursuing a graduate degree in public health, she travelled to Zimbabwe for research and captured many images of the Shona peoples, their dwellings and the landscape. Her love of the mountains took her to the Colorado Rockies and eventually the Pacific Northwest. She completed a course in Digital Photography at the Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle and a 5-day Travel and Creative Photography workshop with Nevada Wier at Santa Fe Workshops. There she was first exposed to the creative possibilities of digital infrared photography and became inspired by the way it allows us to see the world in a way not visible to the human eye. Her images include landscapes, seascapes, flowers, plants, reflections, cityscapes, still life, and portraits. Her appreciation of light, color, balance and contrast is apparent in all of her images. She practices orthopedic physical therapy in Seattle and spends much of her free time exploring the Pacific Northwest with her camera on foot, mountain bike, kayak, and skis.
I am drawn to the art of photography for the way it allows me to be creative, be challenged and explore the world around me. My desire is to bring to the viewer a sense of the beauty and adventure that I experience when high on a mountain peak, deep in the forest, or strolling on the beach or in a local park. My images depict balance and harmony, inner calmness and self-reflection, beauty, movement and rhythm.
"Cuba" Pine Street Bakery, Hood River, OR. Nov 2017
"Blue Sky Gallery 2017 PNW Photography Viewing Drawers" Portland, OR. Apr 2017-Mar 2018
"Legendary Landscapes" High Desert Museum, Bend, OR. Feb-Dec 2017
"City Panorama 2016" PCNW and King County Bus Shelter Project, Seattle, WA. Jan-Dec 2017
UW Today Magazine. Seattle, WA. Feb 2015