I Am

I am Brenna Marie Kim Tyler.
I was born on April 2nd, 1979 in Seoul, Korea.       My biological mother was Korean and my biological father was an African American soldier who was stationed in Seoul. My first birth name was Smokey Kim. I remained in Korea, while my biological father returned the United States. Father Keane's orphanage sheltered me and was dedicated to helping me find a home. 

At eighteen months old, I was adopted by a loving family who lives on a working cattle ranch in eastern Oregon. I instantly fell in love with the horses and started making artwork when I first held a crayon. My parents kept much of my childhood artwork. I enjoy reflecting on the horses I created when I was four years old. 

Life with horses forever more...

My parents tell me that the connection I have with horses was innate. I bonded to them and they responded to me when I was very little. 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 race horses.

Horses have always held an important and noble role in relation to the ranch and family. Horses are often involved when my family and friends spend time together. They are crucial for transportation and success in ranch work as well as pleasure riding and show time. Our horses are not just assets, they are part of our family.


I suppose many would consider my conception a misfortune or a mistake. I ended up in an orphanage because I was born in a place where I was unacceptable and 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 a being full of love and faith. 

I was a leaf that fell from a very high branch. I fell into a breeze that carried me safely down to the ground where I was left, but the breeze only abandoned me because it loved. It loved so much it left me within a piece of heaven on earth where I would not die. It gave me a second chance in a different place where I would be given a different name and learn of a different love. It was this gift of abandonment that could possibly allow me a second birth. A birth where I could look into the eyes of my life mother and my life father. When I was eighteen months old, this happened. 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. 

It is hard for me to fathom why I feel so at home in a place so far from where I was born. I've developed such a great appreciation for our ranch, my family, my community, the horses, which I love and value beyond words. My revelation is that it's because they create my perception of existence. They have supported me and encouraged me to be my true self. To be o.k. with the strengths and successes and weaknesses and failures as I strive to simply be. It is through this journey of life I find purpose, passion, and honesty. So as I experience life, I have faith, value positive energy, and cherish love. I hope inspiration and joy spreads through my art whenever it can. 

Personal Style & Objective

My admiration and respect for horses has also been expressed through mediums such as charcoal, pastels, water color, pencil, ink, serigraphy, lithography, iron and steel metal working, wood working, copper, glass, and clay.

I enjoy creating pieces that are unusual, with organic qualities, textures, and unpredictable surprises. I also 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.

Horses have taught me about will, virtue, honesty, self acceptance, and what matters most in my life. I cherish them and still have so much to learn from them. Portraying them in art is a joy I cannot define.

Honors and Awards 

I've participated in many shows and exhibitions over the last twenty years, and am honored to have received a myriad of honors & awards. It has been wonderful to witness my art spread and be received by viewers and collectors all around the world. I am excited to create art when I learn it has a positive impact. I cannot emphasize this enough to those who value who I am, what I do, and my art. It truly brings me great inspiration and happiness to know that my art brings joy. I know that I owe the success of my art to those who believe in me. 

For Brenna Tyler art contact:

Creighton Block Gallery in Big Sky, Montana 
Phinney Gallery in Joseph, Oregon.
Huey's Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Samarah Gallery in Whitefish, Montana.
Infusion Gallery in Troutdale, Oregon

In 2004 I received a Bachelors of Science in Art after studying at the University of Oregon and Eastern Oregon University.

The Studio
My studio overlooks wide open fields that blanket the earth below Craig Mountain. I love working in a beautiful setting where I can see the horses and the horses can peer in and see me. It is in the comfort of the ranch (surrounded by nature, family, and horses) where my inspiration is ignited for bronze sculptures and paintings. It is also where I collect many of the materials that are used in sculptures. The view from the studio is a constant reminder of how much I appreciate being part of this amazing place.

Brenna and Silver video

I try to appreciate the present as I experience this journey with my horses, art, and the endless possibilities when the two combine

                                                ~Brenna Tyler~
Vegas and I. 

My son Connor and my niece Adri  riding Fancy and Bandit. 

My husband Jake, and our son Connor. 

Clouds on Craig Mountain

Summer Lightning Storm

My father Duane and I trail in after a cattle drive on the Kicking-T Ranch.