Paphiopedilum delenatii, Watercolor, 30"x22", Copyrighted by Heeyoung Kim, 2017. Original and collector's edition at

Heeyoung Kim, Botanical Artist, Instructor, Native Plant Advocate

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

Represented by Joel Oppenheimer Gallery

Heeyoung is honored to be represented as the first and only living artist among masters the gallery represents. J.O Gallery is known with its devotion to the golden age of natural history art, from 17th through 19th centuries. Heeyoung is thrilled to see her works hung side by side with John James Audubon and Pierre-Joseph Redoute. Original works and J.O. Limited Editions are available at the gallery.

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

Classes & Workshops

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 Mondays 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. For registration, contact Heeyoung.  Read more.... 

Upcoming Classes

Watercolor Workshop 3: More Leaf Painting? 

Yes, It's never enough! This is an beginning/intermediate watercolor painting class, focusing on painting leaves, but some flowers will be added, of course. For registration contact me. Read more about the classes...

4 Saturdays: July 29, Aug 5, 12, 19. 9 am - 1 pm at Brushwood Center. $228

August Monday Workshop: Intricate Shadows in Drawing and Painting

Light is the most critical and challenging element in drawing and painting. In this workshop, students will try slightly uncommon, but delightful light effect in painting.

2 Mondays: Aug 7, 4. 10 am - 4 pm at Brushwood Center.  $170

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August Monday Workshop: Pen-and-Ink

A crow quill pen and a bottle of Winsor&Newton black ink or home-made walnut ink will carry anyone to the world of an ancient draft man! The charm of a tiny quill pen will beat the convenience of mechanical pens. After registration, supply list will be sent. For questions,

2 Mondays: Aug 21, 28. 10 am - 4 pm at Brushwood Center, $170

Transylvania Florilegium 

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". 

Photo: Heeyoung at pristine meadow of Transylvania, Romania. 

Orchid Painting Collection 

Along with painting Midwestern native plants, Heeyoung has been affectionate in orchid species. Intricate and bold compositions of rare orchid species reflect the authenticity of her art with contemporary edge in traditional art form. For image publicity or collaboration, contact the artist. Slide Show