Kerry (Brooks) Simmons was born in 1976 in Kensoha, Wisconsin. She began drawing and painting at a very early age, embarking on private studies at the age of twelve, and formal studies of classical fine art at the age of eighteen at the Academy of Fine Art in Kiev, Ukraine. Her enthusiasm for the nineteenth century academic model that she found in Ukraine led her to return to the states to pursue a degree in Russian language and literature as preparation for further post-graduate study in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the Imperial Academy of Arts, widely considered the finest art academy in the former Soviet Union. It was in St. Petersburg that she had the honor of studying drawing and painting in a highly disciplined academic environment styled after the French school, Russified, and maintained from before the Soviet Revolution. Here, she had the opportunity to study amongst top students from throughout the former Soviet Union and to frequently visit the Hermitage and the State Russian Museum, the largest depository of Russian fine art in Saint Petersburg.
Kerry later felt compelled to return to Ukraine in order to continue the studies she began at age eighteen at her cherished Academy of Art in Kiev. Her passion to continue learning eventually led her to the New York Academy of Art, where she was able to enrich her work through a rigorous study of anatomy and classical techniques.
Her work has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions, and she has exhibited nationally from west to east coast. Kerry continues to experiment with new media and techniques while remaining committed to the long-standing tradition of tightly controlled draftsmanship and technical proficiency. Her works belong to numerous national and international collections. Kerry currently lives and works in the Chicagoland area.