Kim Heise is a native Floridan visual artist and educator at the onset of her career. Her direction has so far been guided by the beauty and fragility of the natural Florida landscape and the need to protect and restore it. Her mixed-media art practice employs oil, watercolor and printmaking to explore the stories of habitats and their animal/plant inhabitants so that they may be preserved. Her teaching of young children reflects her love of art and nature and seeks to empower youth, while imbuing her students with a spirit of stewardship. She teaches art enrichment at the Imagination Preshcool, and many visual arts classes and camps at the Coral Springs Museum Of Art. She was recently awarded a Friedland Project grant to complete a project about Florda-native pine rocklands ecosystems. She has exhibited at "L’éléphant dans la Salle" Sailboat at the Bend Artist Loft, and “Endangered” by Art for Apes, where her work placed second. Heise received her BFA in painting from Florida Atlantic University in 2014, and now looks forward to immersing herself into her art and expanding her volunteer work with conservationist groups and organizations throughout the state.