Like a Native warrior on a vision quest, she delves into the darkest shadows of her soul. Peering face to face with fear, sense of belonging, the desire to be loved unconditionally and the haunting demons from our past. Like, Journals through the labyrinth of her soul, Reynolds tells the story’s of life; by breaking down the protective walls to give the viewer an authentic glimpse into her inner vulnerability.
Not just another ‘pretty face’, Reynolds is the real deal, an artist to the core she’s walked through life’s valleys and seen the view from the top.
Kathryn Reynolds was born in Winston Salem, NC the daughter of a visual artist with Cherokee Indian Heritage and the American motorcycle legend, Zachary Taylor Reynolds.
Reynolds grew up on working on their family farm in the mountains of NC, Reynolds states, her upbringing was a muddled mix of blue collar farm living and front page tabloid fame. Being the grand-daughter of playboy heir, Richard Joshua (Dick) Reynolds and great-granddaughter of Richard Joshua Reynolds, founder of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.
“my life has been a disorienting place clouded by other peoples’ assumptions of; wealth, the life I have led, and who I am.”
However, Reynolds remembers her feelings of loss from a very early age, as one of her first memories included her learning of her father’s untimely death, in a private plane crash, being brought courtesy of the headline ‘news brief’ on the evening news.
“I was born into the spotlight where the public knew my family name. My family history, and my fathers fame, was constantly plastered across front page tabloids, in turn the publics preconceived notions after his death, haunted me. It’s like a having a stage persona, where the image is never ‘reality’. Growing up in the shadow of a legend, Unfamiliar faces recognize you they know your first name and, of course, they all have a story that they want to stop and tell me.” Reynolds goes on to say,
“My father was a man who wanted to do his own thing and he did that very well, but business was not his strong suit and he left my mother and I in a bad place after his death. Thirty years later, my father’s estate is still not closed, so needless to say, that ‘Reynolds wealth’ was something I never knew. Heck we didn’t even have a telephone growing up”.In her original song, ‘I’m just country’, Reynolds states,
“We grew our own food and lived off the land, only headed to town when there was no sugar on hand”. As a kid our TV. only picked up two channels, so in the afternoons when we would, listen to a lot of classic country and bluegrass music, and in the summers we would always host bands and have wagon train’ horse rides at our land. Those were really good times and I always knew music would be a very important part of my life.”
In high school Reynolds discovered her love for storytelling and received numerous awards for her creative writing, poetry and photographic essays. She has written numerous technical essays, scripts for television and radio, as well as, acting in television commercials, doing voice over work, and hosting her own television show. 'Teen Life Speaks', where Reynolds interviewed high-profile political people, and persons 'of note' in the community. 'Teen Life Speaks' was a featured weekly on PBS television in North Carolina. Reynolds carried her literary talent into the poetic world, where her iambic pentameter poems, were published in national poetry anthology.
During this time Reynolds was also discovered by a modeling agency which allowed her the opportunity to see the world.
“Being a fashion model allowed me to travel and experience the world. Thru the agency, I was blessed to be able to live in various places in Asia.
I loved living in Hong Kong, and Seoul Korea. Experiencing other cultures, and way of life, gives you a defend perspective on life and traveling at
a young age forces you to mature tremendously”.
In spite of Reynolds busy schedule, she was always an academic scholar, and received an academic, as well as an equestrian scholarship, to go to college at the University of Georgia. Reynolds majored in English Literature and Theological studies.
After college she decided she wanted to take some time off the travel Reynolds traveled the US in a VW bus, spent her time for various Christian mission trips outside of the country, backpacked for 35 days across the Olympic Peninsula hiking over 150 miles. One night while caught in a blizzard on top of Mt. Rainer, that as she had the realization, “men climb mountain’s to contour themselves, not the mountain”,the next day she packed up and hiked back into the town.
Reynolds continued her education at, Berklee College of Music, in Boston Mass where she majored in Songwriting and music business.
Reynolds currently travels worldwide with her musical and photographic endeavors.
Kathryn Reynolds photography has received numerous awards across the United States, as well as internationally for her works as a writer and commercial photographer. Reynolds honors have included, receiving awards at the prestigious 'Lucie Awards', 'The International Photography Associations' Annual Photography Competition. Awards from Serbin Communications, 'Best of Photography Competition', as well as being named the 'Amateur Advertising Photographer of the Year', in 2004, by The National Photography Association. Her photographs have been exhibited in galleries worldwide and her limited edition prints are sought after by collectors.
Singer Songwriter, Kathryn Reynolds, is not just a musician, writer or a photographer, at the center of it all, Reynolds has a story to tell.
Kathryn Reynolds fine art photography website:
Site dedicated to Kathryn’s father American motorcycle Legend, Zachary Taylor Reynolds. www.zachreynolds.com