good trees

Helen Kim Draves

Helen Kim Draves


Watercolor on paper

29 1/2" x 41"

 I was born and raised in South Korea. I have lived and studied in New York for over 20 years. When I was child I was inspired by my father, who was an artist and art professor in South Korea.


 My toys were crayons, pencils and paper. Creating something on a piece of clean white paper was a fascinating experience.

 I went to Ewha Women’s University and obtained my BFA in 1993. After undergraduate in Seoul, Korea, I came to New York and I attended Pratt Institute for my MFA (1996).

 I have a strong Korean cultural art expression that has been influenced by the American culture. If someone asked me about the specific differences between two different cultural forms, I would answer that it would be variety.

Every detail of diversity and variety of cultures and life are becoming the metaphor of my works.

 Recently I lost an Aunt in my family, this has inspired me to a “Life & Death” theme. My work expresses the aging of life. The winkles on the old hand implies many metaphors.


 In my works I try to transmit the depth of metaphor to the observers by using my own artistic language. I am very passionate artist and I thank God for my capability to express my message in various medium.

Helen Draves


2014 to Present : Water color Class, Art Students League, Manhattan, NY
1996 M.F.A. in Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
1993 B.F.A. in Sculputure, EWHA Womans University, Seoul, Korea

Group Exhibitions

2017 "NOKMEE" K&P Gallery, New York, NY
2016 "Juried Exhibition" "Best in Show awarded" North East Watercolor Society 40th international Juried Show
2016 3 Person Exhibition, K&P Gallery, New York, NY
2016 "Juried Exhibition", Piermont Flywheel Gallery . Piermont, NY
2016 "KACAL" Chun Gallery, Flushing, NY
2015 "NOKMEE", Nabi Museum of Arts, Teaneck, NJ
2014 "NOKMEE", Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York, NY
2008 "NOKMEE", Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY
2007 "NOKMEE", Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY
2006 "NOKMEE", Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY


2006-Present : "Art instructor " for Angels Voice under NY Evangelic Choir.
Non Profit Children Arts and music program, New Hyde Park, NY