Kimberly Blom-Roemer has been chosen River Region Art Association’s May Artist of the Month.
Blom-Roemer’s photography is on display throughout the month at the RRAA Art Gallery at Houmas House Gift Shop on the River Road and the RRAA Art Gumbo Center in Gonzales on Magnolia Avenue.
Born in Las Vegas, Blom-Roemer was reared in the Midwest and moved to Florida after graduating from high school, RRAA spokeswoman Donna Braud said.
While in college, she began studies in astrophysics with the intent of becoming an astronomer, Braud said.
Her plans changed when she took a class on photography.
After graduating with degrees in design and business, Blom-Roemer found it difficult to establish herself as a photographer, and ended up with a 15-year career in marketing and technical communications, even fulfilling a dream of working at the Kennedy Space Center, Braud said.
“However, she always had a camera with her, and continued to photograph the world around her,” Braud said.
In 2004, while living in Alaska, she “accepted her true passion was photography, and made it her focus in life,” Braud said.
Since then, her reputation as both a fine art photographer and an architectural photographer has grown throughout the United States and internationally, Braud said.
She serves on the National Board of Directors for the American Society of Media Photographers.
Blom-Roemer’s fine art work focuses mainly on structures, landscapes and animals, Braud said.
Her work has won several awards, has been featured in numerous publications and is found in private collections in more than 45 counties, Braud said. Her most recent honor was to be asked by the China Photographers Association to exhibit five of her images at the Qinghai Sanjiangyuan International Photographic Art Festival, Aug. 9 to Aug. 13 in Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province.
Blom-Roemer lives in French Settlement with her husband and various pets.
She will be honored as Artist of the Month at 2 p.m. May 20 at the RRAA Member meeting at the Art Gumbo Center in Gonzales, 1835 N. Magnolia Ave.