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I am Brenna Marie Kim Tyler. I was born on April 2, 1979 in Seoul, Korea. My birth mother was Korean and my birth father was an African American soldier who was stationed in Seoul. My first birth name was Smokey Kim. I was one of many multiracial infants who remained in Korea with my birth mother, while my biological father returned to the United States.
I suppose many would consider my conception a misfortune or a mistake. I ended up in an orphanage because my birth mother became so ill, she left me so I might survive. Yes, I was left, and yes, I was an abandoned orphan, but I do not believe I was a mistake. In fact, I believe every moment that has led to my present breath was nothing but exactly perfect. For this, I have truly become who I am, and that is being full of love and faith.
When I was eighteen months old I was adopted. Finally united and in the arms of my life parents, they were my sun. They were warmth, they were nurture, concern, comfort, and kindness. They were unconditional love, and they filled my heart. I know they are why I eventually learned to shine and feel a sense of self worth.
My family and I continue to live on a working cattle ranch in eastern Oregon. My parents tell me that the connection I have with horses has always been innate. The experiences I’ve shared with horses comes from my lifestyle. It extends from professionally schooling, boarding, breeding, selling and participating in polo, rodeo, hunt seat, western, english and dressage. I’ve also been a riding instructor and vet assistant for annual para mutual horse racing. Horses have always played an important role in my family. Our horses are not just assets, they are part of our family.
I enjoy creating pieces that are unusual, with organic qualities, textures, and unpredictable surprises. I love exploring the potential of new materials and variations of mediums that can be captured on canvas, natural materials, or in bronze. Through sculpture and painting, I hope to share love from my life that viewers can interpret in their own way.