Heide E. Presse has always been interested in historical subjects, and for the last few years has been on a journey discovering the 19th century. She loves to read journals, and recently began participating in living history events. In order to give her work historical authenticity, Heide also sews period garments and quilts, and collects antique items to use as props. Preferring to depict the simpler, everyday moments in life, her art gives glory to the ordinary, using rich color and dramatic light.
Born in Heidelberg, Germany, Heide grew up in north Louisiana and earned her BFA in Texas. She and her husband currently live in central Florida with their son. After moving from Texas, where Heide worked in commercial art, she found herself at a crossroad and decided to pursue painting as a career.
Her watercolors and oils have been included in many juried and invitational shows including Western Visions at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, American Art in Miniature at the Gilcrease Museum, Oil Painters of America's National Exhibition, History Meets the Arts in Gettysburg, Pa, the American and National Watercolor Societies, and many years and awards in the Arts for the Parks Top 100. Private collections include the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and the Silver Cos.
Heide works from a studio in her home in Tampa, Florida. And though she paints various subjects, she has been enjoying researching the 19th century, and producing paintings that are as true to the era as possible. To view her studio, click on the link below. And to learn more about her creative process, including historic sewing, photo shoots, and painting...take a look at her blog.