Kim Donaldson (born 1952 in Southern Rhodesia) is a Zimbabwean artist who specialises in painting the peoples and wildlife of Africa. He spent his early life on a 150,000-acre (610 km2) ranch in what was Rhodesia, Donaldson was perfectly placed to develop and nurture his interest in the wildlife and people that surrounded him.
Perhaps most notably is his work in pastel which is one of the most recognised of his oeuvres however recent works in oil and mixed media have also seen great success amongst collectors worldwide. His use of a wide palette and texture gives a sense that the works were painted using the very red soil of Africa.
Donaldson's passion for the wildlife of Africa led him to write a book "Africa, An Artist's Journal" detailing his travels and experiences that give him the reference for his beautiful paintings.
Donaldson's book took him over 4½ years to complete. He designed, wrote and illustrated the book himself; it became a best-seller in five countries and was highly commended by Victoria & Albert Museum book award for design.
- Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2002). "V&A Illustraion awards 2002".