To say Jane Kim’s art is inspired by nature would be a massive understatement akin to calling the Golden Gate Bridge a structure that connects the city to Marin. The earliest manifestation of Kim’s adoration for nature took the form of home wall paintings of flowers and bears, much to the chagrin of her parents. Kim has made significant progress since then—Yosemite National Park, The Smithsonian, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers are just some of the many places that have commissioned her work.
If Jane Kim looks familiar, it could be that you recognize her as the SF Board of Education president, not to mention the leading candidate in the race for District 6 supervisor (a post held by controversial legislator Chris Daly since 2000). Or you might know her as the electric-bass player in a female indie-rock band called Strangely, which performs at venues such as Brainwash. “After politics, my second love is definitely music,” says the Stanford grad.