About the Author Artist

Kim Michelle Toft


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.

  • 5 years teaching in Far North Queensland.
  • 5 years graphic designer in Adelaide, South Australia.
  • 25 years full time silk artist/illustrator and author in Northern NSW.
  • 19 solo exhibitions at the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas, Gold Coast, Bisbane and Noosa with sales exceeding over 1,200 paintings, including sales to Morris West, Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger.
  • Featured artist at the Maui Marine Art Expo, Hawaii 1996.
  • First four children's books - One Less Fish, Neptune's Nursery, Turtle's Song and The World That We Want - selling more than 100,000 copies in Australia, USA, New Zealand, South Africa, and South Korea. All four books have received international and national awards. Publisher: QUP
  • A Sea of Words with companion Alphabet Wall Frieze - released in May 2006, awarded Notable Book in the CBCA Awards 2007. Publisher: Silkim Books.
  • The 12 Underwater Days of Christmas, released September 2007. Publisher Silkim Books. A CD was released October 2008 and features the amazing voice of Lisa Hunt.
  • Tick Tock Tick Tock: What's Up Croc? won a Whitely Award (Royal Zoological Society of NSW) for Best Childrens Book 2011.
  • RELEASED JUNE 2012: "Recipe for Perfect Plant Pie". Publisher Silkim Books.
  • Travels throughout Australia to talk, teach and workshop with students. See News Section for Details.
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  • Kim has been invited to become a featured artist on the prestigious international organisation Artists for Conservation.
  • Ballina Byron Gateway Airport commissioned Kim to design 12 tabletops, painted on silk and transferred to Laminex for the Horizon Cafe at the airport. Limited Edition Prints of the 12 designs are available for Sale.
  • Two of Kim's children's books, "Tick Tock What's Up Croc?" and "Sea of Words" were selected by Papua New Guinea Education Department by The World Bank for READ PNG Project.
  • 'Recipe for Perfect Planet Pie' shortlisted by Golden Dragon Book Awards Hong Kong 2014.
  • 'I Can Swim a Rainbow' released June 2015.
  • Kim is currently working on two new books, 'The Glad Sad Book' and 'The Forgotten Sea'.
  • 'Coral Sea Dreaming: The Picture Book' released June 2017
  •  Coral Sea Dreaming  - Won Best Children’s Book Australian Wilderness Society of Award 2018
  •  Solo exhibition The Bateman Foundation , Victoria , Canada Oct/ Nov 2019
  • Launch and unveiling of My Ocean Home Mural on the side of the Ramada , Ballina 2019

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