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Bente King

After 15 years as botanical illustrator at Cornell University, I paint plant portraits in watercolor, colored pencil, and pen/ink. My aim is to express the unique character of each plant, keeping the painting botanically correct to the best of my ability. It is a pleasure through teaching, to help others discover the beauty in details of plants..

 Professional Experience :


 L. H. Bailey Hortorium, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Botanical Illustrator: 1980 - 1995



Cornell University, Ithaca, NY "introduction to Natural Science Illustration" 1990 - present Cornell Plantations, Botanical Illustration: 1981 - present Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca , NY: 1995 The Royal Danish Horticultural Society, Copenhagen, Denmark: 1992, 1994, 1995 Exhibits: Evora, Portugal: 2000 H. F. Johnson Art Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY "Images from the Natural World": 1999 Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo, NY: 1999 The Royal Danish Horticultural Society, Copenhagen, Denmark "That Wonderful Garden": 1992, 1995, 1999 Sola Gallery, Ithaca, NY, "Our Garden World II": 1993, 1996 1998 Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Seventh International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA: 1992

Bente King passed away in 2005