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Kim Toft

AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for July, 2015

Kim Michelle Toft is a full time marine artist, author, illustrator and publisher of environmental children’s books depicting vibrant underwater worlds handpainted on silk. Kim uses her silk paintings to illustrate her environmental children's books which are sold worldwide. 
"I am currently working on my 11th book. All my books are still in print as their content becomes more and more relevant as our coral reefs and underwater creatures disappear.I believe our children are our future and the sooner they switch on to the importance of conserving our wilderness areas the better." 
Kim hopes her work captures the imagination of the viewer and incredible beauty of the creatures she paints.
"I have been drawing since the age of 4 and my hero was Walt Disney and the amazing animated characters he created. Drawing and painting has always been an escape for me and many hours would pass before I realised the time. Through an array of interesting careers from teaching art to graphic designer and author and illustrator my work has always revolved around art."
Her silk painting journey started over 27 years ago and she found it was the perfect medium to capture the immense beauty of coastal habitats and the underwater world , both of which she has lived by and loved her entire life. Her fascination with these alien worlds keeps reminding her of her place within the animal kingdom. 
In addition to her books Kim supports the conservation cause through such things as membership in the World Wide Fund For Animals as well as being a member and contributing artist for the Ocean Art Alliance. She also donates art each year for Art for Sharks.
Her book The World That We Want won Best Children's Book in the Australian Wilderness Society Awards , it also won the Best Children's Book in Benjamin Franklin Environmental Awards for children's books in the USA. Her books One Less Fish , Neptune's Nursery , Turtle's Song , The World That We Want , A Sea Of Words and Tick Tock Tick Tock What's Up Croc? have won Best Children's book in the NSW Royal Zoological Society Awards. Recipe For Perfect Pie was shortlisted in the Golden Dragon Book Awards in Hong Kong this year.

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