Zoe Keller

Zoe Keller is an illustrator exploring the intersection
of art making, activism and the natural sciences.


Now accepting projects for 2017 and 2018
General Inquiries: zoekellerdraws@gmail.com


Zoe uses graphite and ink to create highly detailed drawings that blend hints of narrative with images from the natural world. 


A Woodstock, New York native, Zoe is currently based in Portland, Oregon, where she spends most of her time drawing in her small home studio. She gathers inspiration from slow explorations of landscapes, hours spent thumbing through her growing field guide collection, and her memories of time spent in forests and on shores across the midwest and northeast. 



photo credit Boone Rodriguez


Hyde Magazine, Interview with Zoe Keller
Jung Katz,  Interview with Illustrator, Zoe Keller
Antler PDX,  Intricacies
Light Grey Art Lab,  Artist Interview with Zoe Keller


Highlark,  Discover: Zoe Keller
Booooooom!  Illustrator Spotlight: Zoe Keller
Hi-Fructose,  Christina Mrozik & Zoe Keller Collaborate on Drawings of Nature
This is Colossal,  Intricacies: A Book of Collaborative Drawings Inspired by Nature
Juxtapoz,  Intricacies: A Book of Collaborative Drawings


From 2015 - 2016, Zoe illustrated two coloring books for Timber Press, a publisher based in Portland, Oregon. Color the Natural World, released in November 2015, and Color the Pacific Northwest, released in June 2016.

Keller’s preference for ink and graphite is ideal for what she does. Fine line work and expansive range of shadow allow her to capture the subtlest intricacies of movement and physical peculiarities...Carrying an approachable, humanistic quality, her images belong in print and on walls, out conversing with the world they represent.
— from the Highlark feature, "Discover: Zoe Keller"


Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
BFA Graphic Design, 2011


The New York Times, Wieden+Kennedy, Etsy, Timber Press


Permanent Collection, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming

Artist Residencies

Wrangell Mountains Center, Meg Hunt Resident Artist, McCarthy, AK
Signal Fire, Wide Open Studios Resident Artist, Klamath National Forest, CA & OR
Caldera, Resident Artist, Sisters, OR

PLAYA, Resident Artist, South Central Oregon Outback

Signal Fire, Outpost Resident Artist, Mt. Hood, OR
Jennings Hotel, Resident Artist, Joseph, OR

Hurricane Island, Resident Artist & Arts Educator,
Hurricane Island, ME


Golden Spot Award, Caldera

Doug Byers Memorial Scholarship, Signal Fire Arts 


Solo Exhibitions

Antler Gallery, Portland, OR (upcoming April)

Studies & Stories, Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, MN (upcoming October)

Forty-four, Antler Gallery, Portland, OR

Group Exhibitions


Western Visions | National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY (upcoming September)
Billow & Bloom | Talon Gallery, Portland, OR
Dark Nature | Last Rites Gallery, New York, NY Tondo | Spoke Art, San Francisco, CA
Enormous Tiny Art: Spring | Show #21| Nahcotta Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
Pressure, Gristle Art Gallery, New York, NY 
Future Wild, Paragon Arts Center Gallery with Signal Fire, Portland, OR
BRINK, Antler Gallery, Portland, OR

, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Growth//Decay, joint show with Paradigm Gallery, Philadelphia, PA &
Antler Gallery, Portland, OR
Beasts of Burden, Sally Centigrade Gallery, Denver, CO
Mythos, Helikon Gallery and Studios, Denver, CO
BRINK, Antler Gallery, Portland, OR
Silent Aviary, THE VACVVM Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Wanderlust 3, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Cosmos, Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, MN
Group Art Exhibit, Pretty Pretty Collective, Los Angeles, CA
Verdant, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Guts, Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, MN

Wanderlust 2, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Le Chat Noir, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA