• Animals are part of your family - you’ve shared your home and your life with them for as long as you can remember.
• You don’t need a “study” to tell you that animals are intelligent and most definitely have feelings.
• Your pets are a constant source of joy and entertainment, and maybe you spend more time than you’d care to admit watching funny or cute animal videos...
• No matter what your pet of choice is - be it horse, dog, cat, or something else, (and maybe all of those), you value each one for it’s unique personality and the unconditional love they provide.
• When you see a certain animal, does it remind you of the joy and laughter of times past spent with a cherished pet?
Maybe you’re drawn to the power, spirit, and beauty of the horse, or the joy and boundless love of the dog, or the independent and sometimes comical nature of the cat. You probably have your own reasons for sharing your life with the animals you do. If you’re like me, you’re drawn to all three because they each have unique qualities to offer.
My name is Karen Broemmelsick, and I’m an animal lover. I’ve had dogs all my life - I can’t even imagine what it would be like without at least one by my side. I’m also a tiny bit horse crazy... I can’t get enough of photographing and painting such magnificent creatures, and for the last several years, I’ve had a beautiful Missouri Fox Trotter mare to call my own.
I put love and care into each click of the shutter and each brush stroke to craft a piece of art that reflects that which we love most about our animals. I look for the strongest qualities of each animal and I learn the story of each one I work with. Most of all, I strive to create art that will connect you with the animals you love. I love the challenge of capturing their personality, whether on camera or on canvas.
A little bit more about me:
Growing up in Southeast Missouri, I was very allergic to cats and horses (and a whole lot of other things...). I couldn’t spend much time around them at all, even though I wanted to. At least I wasn’t allergic to dogs! I took a few horseback riding lessons when I was little, but couldn’t actually spend much time around the barn or caring for the horses or I would be sneezing with itchy, watery eyes for the rest of the day. Obviously, that wasn’t much fun, so I ended up admiring horses from afar for the next 15 years or so. As I got older, and with allergy treatment, my allergic reactions diminished significantly. When I was in college, my mom bought a horse, so I’d occasionally go with her to the barn to practice my photography. It was then that I realized I could finally be around horses without having much of a reaction at all, especially if I took precautions and washed my hands frequently. After moving to Mississippi in 2011, I now have a horse of my own, a headstrong Missouri Foxtrotter mare named Molly. I also have a devoted Goldendoodle named Finley.
My first camera was one I got around the age of 10 - an old, manual focus Minolta film SLR that took beautiful photos (when I could get them in focus). Around the age of 17 or so, I got my first Digital SLR, a Canon Digital Rebel XTi with a 50mm f1.8 lens, and the rest was history. I photographed our four dogs constantly, practicing everything from action shots to portraits to studio style shots. Over the years, I upgraded equipment and began adding horses to my portfolio. Recently, I took a trip to France purely to photograph a variety of beautiful horses, including Lusitanos, Andalusians, Mérens, Comtois, and sport ponies. (And I have plans to visit other countries in the future for the same reason)!
Fun facts about me:
I love to travel and have been to Europe three times (so far). I love flying as well, despite the hassles of airports. Take offs and landings are so much fun!
I prefer to spend my evenings painting while listening to a good audio book rather than watching tv. Audible is awesome!
One of my favorite places to be is spending time trail riding in the Missouri Ozarks in the fall, with the cool weather, beautiful trees, and of course, all of the horses.