Duclos is artist of the month
The talent in this community is absolutely amazing. This week I had the privilege of meeting 18 year-old Kody Duclos, who agreed to display some of his artwork in the library. I was amazed to see what this young man had painted at the young age of ten years old. It was not the usual cat or dog picture but one of his sister, a cousin, and himself hunting for snails by a pond. His earliest surviving picture is from age five: a pen drawing of their barnyard and silo. A more recent one is a detailed pencil rendering of his grandparents, Hank and Marlene Duclos. In visiting with Kody, he explained the process of painting faces, and how you can accomplish the most lifelike effect by layering several thin coats of paint. He has set up a display explaining this interesting procedure. Another painting is of Sandy, the one dog his family had for several years.
Kody says “I’ve done acrylics, watercolors, and pencil drawings. Acrylics are probably my favorite. I still haven’t tried an oil painting, though.”
Having grown up working on the family farm near Ferdinand, he joined 4-H and for nine years raised and showed pigs in the Idaho County Fair. He has spent the last two years working part-time for GTS trucking. His parents are Mike and Tara, and his siblings are Kayla 16, Kendra, 12, Kyleigh, 10 and Kaden, 6.
Kody attended high school at Summit Academy for three years, and is now a senior graduating from Prairie High. For his senior project he wrote and illustrated a children’s story, “Somewhere After a Rainbow”, about a rowdy family of leprechauns, which he has graciously agreed to read during Summer Reading at the Library.
Aside from art, Kody enjoys playing the piano, making movies, and spending time outdoors. Having traveled last summer to Tijuana, Mexico with Twin Falls-based Capstone Missions, he plans to return again this summer to work in an orphanage for a week. He is learning Spanish because of his involvement with the Capstone trips.
His favorite subjects are Biology and Psychology and he plans to attend The College of Idaho this fall.
Congratulations to our Student Artist of the Month, Kody Duclos. We hope you continue to follow the words displayed among your work, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~Walt Disney
The pencil sketch of his grandparents, Hank and Marlene Duclos and the two paintings below that are among those Kody Duclos has on display at the Library as their Artist of the Month. Art photos provided by Laurine Nightingale.