Kim Diment

Kim Diment

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A Northern Michigan native, Kim Diment’s art brings personality and life to the animals she portrays. Both her art and love for animals started at a young age. Her first preteen field sketches came from wanderings along the backwaters of the Au Sable River during the spring thaw migrations. She drove her parents crazy with toads, frogs, turtles and orphaned animals she would bring home.

Her brother ruined her high school social life by dubbing her “Nature Girl”. After High School, Kim’s formal training involved a double major from Michigan State University in Zoology and in the Fine Arts. During her college years she competed in the Michigan Duck Stamp Art Competition. She later went on to teach High School art for thirteen years while simultaneously pursuing her own art. In 2003 she started painting full time.

Kim became addicted to travel in the mid-eighties. She visited countries that were especially diverse in wildlife. It is no wonder that Africa became her favorite country to explore--her first trip was in 1992 and then her second in 1996. Since the second trip, she has made a pilgrimage back practically every year. She has visited most of the southern countries of Africa but now is a more regular visitor to Kenya. Kim’s travels also include Ecuador, Belize, Canada, US, Europe, and New Zealand. She hopes her future travels will include Alaska, Northern Canada, India, Australia and continental jungles.

Kim loves her subject matter and tries to help in preserving it when she can through several conservation projects. Currently she is involved with the ongoing project of Tahquamenon State Park’s “Art for the Park.” For the project, Kim is using a landscape from Michigan’s Tahquamenon’s Falls area and portraying native animal species. Past paintings include moose, bear, wolf and Spruce Grouse. The upcoming painting will feature the Bald Eagle.

Further away from home Kim is currently working with “Grevy’s Zebra Trust of Kenya” an organization which is targeting the dwindling northern herds of Grevy’s Zebra. A series of paintings to help bring awareness and generate funds are underway. Kim has also worked with Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya to raise awareness of the endangered species that are prevalent in the park--as an artist, Kim has the opportunity to accomplish this through her art and created paintings of Grevy’s Zebra, Black Rhino and Cheetah. When these three paintings are sold, a third of the asking price will be given to the endangered species program of Lewa dealing with habitat.

Past projects closer to home include donations to "Ducks Unlimited," “Trout Unlimited,” The Humane Societies of Losco and Crawford County, and contributions to the local “Michigan Safari Club International” chapters.
Kim resides in Northern Michigan on the Au Sable River with her husband Carl.

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