THE ARTISTS: Kimberly A. Gonzales |

THE ARTISTS: Kimberly A. Gonzales

What is your career and your current job title? Artist and gallery owner of The Gilded Pear.

Describe in a sentence or two your art. My love of art spans over various mediums, from wall art to beaded jewelry. Much of my art is embellished with a collage of cut-up paper, creating various patterns, shapes, colors and textures. Although some of my pieces reflect an Asian theme, I am experimenting constantly as I change and evolve.

How long have you been working in this discipline? From my earliest memories, I have enjoyed creating beauty reflected as art.

Why do you do it? Art graces every aspect of my life and speaks about who I am. Art bridges the gap between my creativity and my authentic, true self.

What do you hope to accomplish? As life is expressed through my art. I hope to create objects that invoke feelings that would transcend the viewer to past experiences with fond retrospection.

Do you create your art with an exact message you want the viewer to receive and if yes, what is that message? My desire is to create art that is pleasing to the eye and joyful to the soul. My wish is that this vulnerability shown through my art connects me intimately with my audience and gives them the gift of myself.

Where do you want to be with your art, in terms of part-time vs. full-time status, art positions and where your works are seen? My goal is to create art on a full-time basis, to show locally and in art shows.

What kind of special training did you take? If not, how did you learn the art techniques or processes? I have never had “formal” art training, although I have learned from and been influenced by many wonderful artists.

What’s your favorite part of your endeavors? When I create an art project, I mollify all the stresses of life. I become absorbed in the creative process and allow myself to relax, to unwind, and lose all sense of time and space.

What’s your least favorite part of your endeavors? Not having as much time as I would like to spend on actual projects.

How many hours a day or, if more appropriate, a week do you spend on your work? Creating is a daily process. I try to take a couple of days per week away from working at my gallery to spend time at home working on projects.

Do you consider it hard work and could anyone do it? Nothing is hard work when it is a passion.

Any other comments you’d like to include? My work can be viewed at The Gilded Pear Gallery, 127-B Neal Street, Grass Valley, and also at the upcoming Nevada City Art Walk at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City on Sunday, Feb. 9. Some of my art can be viewed online at

artist/kgonzales. Or call me at 272-7891 or e-mail

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