Starting with the sale of her first oil painting as a teenager Kimberli has combined talent with education, exploration and discipline. After a year in Denmark as Rotary Exchange Student studying music and art, Kimberli attended Lewis & Clark College in 1987. She began as a painting major, but her love of travel led her to a B.A. in International Affairs. It was during this time she began taking photos of her travels and calling it instant painting. Travel, art, language – and always music. A singer-songwriter, she began performing seriously after college and recorded two CDs. This evolved into a 3 year US tour called the “Word Of Mouth” tour. 300 house concerts created with music fans across the country who found her by word of mouth. Someone would attend a show in Seattle, call a cousin in Chicago who would host and call a friend in Boston. So it went for three years and 300 shows. In 1999 she co-authored a book on House Concerts and was featured in an article on the front page of the New York Times. Eventually she returned to Portland and traded in the RV for a mortgage and a more normal life. She still writes music but only rarely performs in public. A new article featuring Kimberli and the house concert tours will appear in the July 2010 Elmore Magazine http://www.elmoremagazine.com/
She returned to Portland with tremendous creative industry knowledge and a desire to combine her art, business experience and relationship-sales savvy. This expertise led her to help launch the Portland division of The Creative Group of Robert Half International. As an Account Executive she recruited and represented freelance designers, reviewed hundreds of portfolios and personally developed all advertising agency clients accounts. This experience took her to The Art Institute of Portland (AIPD) as the Associate Managing Director of Admissions and international admissions director. She loved working at The Art Institute for the creative students, faculty and staff and maintains a special relationship with the college including frequent internships for students. In 2006 Kimberli left AIPD to open Kimberli Ransom Photography studio with commercial clients including N.A.S.A., Oregon Health Science University and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Institute in Seattle. In 2010 Kimberli launched the newest line of business specializing in fine art portraiture for family and children. Both the family and commercial sides of the business are based in the Portland studio.