Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Kim graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon with a Master of Education in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education. Kim fell in love with The Gorge when she and her husband, Brian, bought a tiny vacation cabin in the upper hills above Lyle near Appleton in 2011.
Through both good and unfortunate circumstances Kim, Brian, and their pets moved from Milwaukie, Oregon to the Skamania area permanently in 2016. Kim currently lives in Skamania with her husband Brian, BIG Bernese Mountain Dog, Wilson, and two cats, Auggie, and Maizy.
In 2019 she opened a small community art studio in North Bonneville, facilitating art and craft workshops for all ages several times per month. Due to the pandemic, Kim closed that studio in June 2020. Ever since shutting that door, she has been excited about the next step. She wanted to figure out how to get donated, repurposed, and free art supplies as well as free and low-cost art-making opportunities into the hands of the people in our Skamania community. She figured it would likely be at least five years out and be a nonprofit or fiscally sponsored by a 501c 3 nonprofit.
In 2021 she began studying different community art studios and reading about their updates due to Covid. She saw that one studio was purchasing a Bus and transforming it into a mobile art studio. And that is where the five-year plan went into turbo.