2010 Texas Reading Club

About the Artist, Kim Doner

Kim Doner was born in Tulsa, OK., and a Tulsa University graduate: B.S. in art, no less! As a medical illustrator, first jobs entailed chances to draw arrowheads, snake fangs, tumors, and embryos (not pretty). Artistic growth slowed when Kim became a Supreme Domestic Engineer (also known as "wife and mother") but things picked up between babynaps and diapers when she began painting portraits. She painted for galleries and collections, won awards, had a commissioned list, began graduate programs...and landed a contract for her first children's book. Wow! The Perfect Fit for Kim Doner! Since her first book, Kim discovered she is no longer aging. She is younging. This process occurred during early sketches, when her inner child leapt forth and started running the show; within the next few years, she will probably get to go trick-or- treating again. She already plays lots of video games...

Besides making life-sized paper dolls, decorating 7’ tall penguins for the Tulsa zoo, spending 80 hours on her knees to create faux marble floors, designing puzzles and lyrics and clip art for kids, rescuing and raising and photographing wild animal babies, firing dichroic glass art pieces, drawing storyboards and thumbnail ideas, and learning to play the djembe, one might ask what else Kim Doner does.  Thank you for asking.

She imagines, researches, sketches, notes, plans, writes and rewrites and polishes and redraws then illustrates children’s books. Then, she makes school visits to talk about it.

Selected Books Illustrated by Kim Doner

  • The Buffalo in the Mall by Molly Griffis
  • Buffalo Dreams written and illustrated by Kim Doner.
  • Green Snake Ceremony by Sherrin Watkins
  • The Philosophers' Club by Christopher Phillips
  • Q is for Quark by David Schwartz
  • Rainbows, Head Lice, and Pea-Green Tile by Brod Bagert
  • White Bead Ceremony by Sherrin Watkins

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