About Kimball Willson
After two decades and numerous career paths, I’ve made my way back to what I’m most passionate about: horses, dogs, and art.
Read about my background and journey below:
Horses: Growing up outside of Rochester, NY I spent my junior years showing, training/selling young horses, and caring for horses at the barn. I had the opportunity to ride with some of the nation’s top trainers and compete in the Medal and Maclay finals, as well as shows throughout the northeast and Wellington, FL.
During the early 2000s, I exercised and schooled horses for a couple stables outside of Boston, where I lived for a decade before moving to San Diego, CA. Once on the west coast, entrepreneurship became my focus and I exercised horses once or twice a week at a local show stables.
From the baby who was 'put on a horse before she could walk' to the horse-obsessed teen, to part-time professional, and finally riding for fun as an adult... you could say horses have always been a part of my life!
Dogs: I can’t remember a time when my family didn’t have dogs. As a young child, we had medium size dogs, then my parents fell in love with Cavalier King Charles Spaniels… and so did I! Currently, my husband and I have a ruby Cavalier named Piper - she is queen of our house, loves everyone, and is the best snuggler.
Dog rescue has also been something very important and close to my heart. We started fostering rescue puppies in 2019 and have cared for nearly 80 little pups before their adoption to forever homes. Through Corporate to Canvas I also do fundraiser painting events for rescue organizations.
Art: I remember I was about six when we moved to a new house I found a giant illustration book among the boxes. It had belonged to my Aunt and it was my introduction to the idea of becoming an artist. I enjoyed studio art, experimented with numerous mediums and crafts, and even won some awards for fine art in high school. When not at the stables, I was in the art room. But I thought I had to go to college to study liberal arts, business and get ‘a real job’.
Fast forward almost twenty years and I’m back at the easel. I see how all my professional experiences combined with my creative side allowed me to launch Corporate to Canvas (team building through painting activities) and of course my custom art business.
I guess I'm considered "self taught" because I didn't go to art school, but I have had the chance to take classes from numerous talented artists in the San Diego area as well as through courses online. I'm grateful to be able to create art everyday and run two business that make me happy and bring joy to others too!