Kimberly was formally educated at the University of Southern Indiana, she studied under renowned professor John McNaughton. Kimberly's designs have won numerous awards and scholarships, including a Design and Creativity Award at the International Woodworking Fair. While sculpture has always been a defining part of her artwork she realized making a living from her sculptures was not an easy accomplishment. Kimberly worked for a furniture company in her hometown making beautiful hand carved furniture. During this time she became interested in primitive art of different cultures. While making a reproduction of a northwest coast Tlingit rattle, she noticed the rattle sitting upside down on her work table. She thought, what a unique handbag it would be, from that thought came a whole line of beautiful handcarved handbags.