Born Kristi Whitfield in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1966. Kristi attended UCA and Memphis State earning a degree in Graphic Design. She has experimented in many different media concentrating on photography, mosaics, painting, and ceramics.
She has recently completed a large scale mosiaic commissioned by the UrbanArt Commission through their percent for art program. Duckworth worked with all 1100 students including faculty to make tiles that were part of the World Map mosaic. Other previous projects include the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Survivors Park located in Audubon Park in Memphis, TN. The “Tree of Life” mosaic within the park incorporates creative expression from the Cancer Survivors’ Community. She has completed a painted and mosaic sidewalk mural using artwork of the children of the Hickory Hill Middle School. This artwork can be seen at the entrance to the Hickory Hill Community Center. She has exhibited her mosaics in two juried shows in conjunction with the Society of American Mosaic Artists annual conference in Washington D.C. (2005) and Chicago, Ill. (2006).
Kristi has exhibited her paintings as part of juried group shows as a member of Artists’ Link. Ms. Duckworth’s tile installations and commissions grace homes locally and throughout the country.
Duckworth teaches pottery and drawing & painting classes at Hutchison for their Center for Excellence’ Arts Academy. She has taught two artist residencies at Hutchison that involved ceramic mosaic self portraits. She has also taught tile-making to students at Grahamwood and White Station Middle School. She has also been a teacher/naturalist at Lichterman Nature Center and Great Outdoors University as well as doing Conservation through Art with GOU and Arts Memphis.
Growing up on 40 acres in the beauty of Arkansas, Kristi was and still is inspired by nature. She tries to capture its beauty by creating interesting compositions and juxtapositions of colors, textures, and ideas. Kristi is living happily with her husband, Jim Duckworth, her two boys, two dogs, a cat, and several crawfish. Kristi sometimes likes writing about herself in the third person.