• In 2002-03 Kimerlee had been visiting el Faro, an orphanage in Tijuana, with her acting coach, Leigh Kilton Smith. The children and the experiences there were life changing. This is when the camera was again picked up, a borrowed 35 mm film camera. Ultimately, destiny was working it ways. For her birthday in 2003, she held a small event with a grouping of these images and in lieu of gifts asked friends to make a small donation to the Friends of el Faro organization. Funds were dropped into a small wrapped box, no amount was too small. It was this event that Kimerlee realized her own life may not allow for donating funds and writing checks, however...ART - has a voice and can make a difference. Images matter, people matter, and we can all do something to help.
  • The following year, a paint mare enters her life and she visits Return to Freedom, American Wild Horse Sanctuary. Kimerlee attributes these two events to saving her life. True calling is answered as she learns about the issue America's wild horses were facing on the range and domestic horses were facing with over breeding and slaughter. She knew, she needed to do something.
  • Since her images have been donated many times over to a number of organizations focusing on the efforts of saving America's horses. She has donated time, images, ideas, collaborations, limited edition works, rescue work, fund raising and talks. Her work has inspired other to care, to photograph, be involved, be informed and make donations to this cause. In 2010 a special image of "Spirit" was released for the sanctuary.
  • Many of her art openings are also fund raisers and awareness campaigns for the our wild horses. She has worked with groups of teenage foster girls on photo safaris and spoke with them about the plight of the wild horse, the value of images, and the value of our voice making a difference. For many years she taught workshops with a significant portion goes to RTF and every year she donates a limited edition piece to their annual fund raiser.
  • In recent years she has worked closely with the American Wild Horse Campaign, who focuses on issues directly on our public lands. Lending visuals and stories of her accounts on each journey into the wild. Donating images for fund raising events, specific campaigns and helping with their online website branding.
  • This work will continue as she embarks upon an exciting large scale production featuring America's free roaming wild horses our vast public lands.