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Kim Duffek

AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for February, 2015

Kim Kanoa Duffek is recognized as an artist with a strong love and understanding of the natural world. "I have always been fascinated by nature and art. I have memories of being awed by the rainforests of Hawaii when I was only a toddler. Other early inspiration came while wandering as a child in the Tallgrass prairie region of Illinois. There is no better teacher than nature. When I would come home, my mother would put a paintbrush in my hand."

Kim has worked for 21 years as a horticulturist at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and volunteered as a docent there for 5 1/2 years prior to her employment. She has contributed art to fundraisers at the Desert Museum, as well as proceeds to non-profit conservation organizations such as the Tucson Audubon Society, Reid Park Zoo, Western Foundation for Raptor Conservation, and the National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Conservation Stamp Program. She has volunteered with Bat Conservation International and the University of Arizona on field projects related to threatened and endangered species of nectivorous bats, as well as studies establishing the cooperative hunting and breeding behaviors of Harris Hawks. Her work at the Desert Museum has given her opportunities to participate in endangered plant studies and to provide natural history interpretation to members of the public, including students at the Desert Museum's Art Institute where she teaches some classes as well. "I cannot imagine doing anything else with my life than contribute to conservation causes." 

Tucson became her permanent home after finishing degrees in wildlife ecology and studio art at the University of Arizona. Working at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and its daily immersion in the plants and animals of the very diverse Sonoran desert region of southern Arizona provides constant inspiration. Every excursion into the natural world gives her new insight into ecological interactions.

Whether painting wildlife art or illustrating books, including children’s books, or writing or teaching, she feels she is in her creative element. "I am so fortunate to possess the talents I have."

“I have always been fascinated by nature and art. I have memories of being awed by the rainforests of Hawaii when I was only a toddler. Other early inspiration came while wandering as a child in the Tallgrass prairie region of Illinois. There is no better teacher than nature. When I would come home, my mother would put a paintbrush in my hand.”

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