After finding herself unemployed after staffing cutbacks at her job as a school administrator, Kim was thrust into the world of entrepreneurship. She had been an educator for almost two decades and missing teaching, was just beginning to test the waters of self employment when fate intervened. A friend referred her to WEV and in 2012 she completed the Self-Employment Training course and emerged with “an entirely new perception of myself and what I was capable of”. She opened Kim Maxwell Studio in Ojai a year later and has experienced great success. In 2013 she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from the City of Ojai and the Ojai Arts Commission.