Being delighted to document American Midwest native plants, Heeyoung has committed herself to create scientifically informative, yet aesthetically pleasing botanical art. Considering the fact that most original prairies are already extinct, she puts her priority on rare and endangered plants and shows them locally, nationally and internationally to draw public awareness to nature conservation and restoration.
Early influence came from her father who practiced herbal medicine and enjoyed oriental ink painting and calligraphy. Heeyoung felt she was born to be a botanical artist when she first took botanical drawing class from Mr. Dererk Norman at Chicago Botanic Garden in 2007. Mr. Norman has been her mentor ever since. She uses watercolor, pen-and-ink and graphite pencil accordingly to fit best with her subjects.
Heeyoung shows her watercolor and graphite pencil works regularly at ASBA (The American Society of Botanical Artists) and ASBA/HSNY (Horticultural Society of New York) International Juried exhibitions since 2008. She participated in Margaret Flockton Award 2010 at Royal Botanic Garden in Australia with her pen-and-ink illustration. As part of Losing Paradise? Endangered Plants Here and Around the World, Heeyoung’s work was shown in major American botanical gardens and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and Shirley Sherwood Gallery at KEW garden in London. She enjoyed the privilege of having her artwork chosen for the main lobby signboards by both Smithsonian and Kew.
She received Honorable Mention Award from ASBA/HSNY with her detailed Cardinal Flower pencil drawing in 2010, and Award For Merit with her graceful autumnal watercolor in 2011. Her work is included in the permanent collection of Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation in Pittsburgh.
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