Heeyoung Kim, botanical artist, instructor, native plant advocate

"When I first saw her work, I immediately recognized that she has the talent on par with the Masters that we represent- Basilius Besler, Priscilla Susan Bury, Pierre-Joseph Redoute, Dr. Robert John Thornton- to name a few."

 - Joel Oppenheimer, president of Joel Oppenheimer Gallery -

Painting wildflowers of prairies and woods

In the spirit of natural history artists in the past, contemporary botanical artist, Heeyoung Kim documents native plants of Midwestern USA (Project 200). Her exquisite and deftly painted compositions portray native woodland and prairie plants. Giving priority to rare and endangered species, she also paints common ones when they have high ecological values. To view the image bank of her paintings of prairies and woods, to go Project 200

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Original works and Joel Oppenheimer Limited Editions are available at the gallery. J.O Gallery is known with its devotion to the golden age of natural history art, from 17th through 19th centuries. Heeyoung is honored to be represented as the first and only living artist among masters by the gallery. 

10 E. Ohio St. Chicago, IL 60611.  Tel: 312-642-5300  www.audubonart.com


From basics to masterful techniques, Heeyoung teaches all about botanical art. Watercolor, graphite pencil, and pen-and-ink classes for all levels are offered on Monday and Saturdays year around at Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods (Deerfield), IL. She occasionally offers various classes at Chicago Botanic Gardens, and nationwide as a visiting artist. Read more.... 


After her first solo exhibition in 2011, she quickly gained a reputation as a wildflower botanical artist, winning several prestigious awards including Gold Medal (Royal Horticultural Society, London, 2012),  Best of the Show (the American Society of Botanical Artists/Horticultural Society of New York, 2012), and Diane Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art (The American Society of Botanical Artists, 2012). 

Heeyoung Kim's 3 watercolor paintings have been selected for inclusion in Transylvania Florilegium (a wildflower documentation project of the Prince of Wales), "presently being created under the aegis of the Prince's School of Traditional Arts to record in a permanent way the flora of Transylvania".