Heide Presse

Heide Presse

Scenes from the old West will come to life in paintings and sculptures that will fill the galleries of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, with the opening of the 10th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. In one gallery, the only gallery like it in the state of Indiana, visitors can see and be the first to bid on millions of dollars in artwork from 50 coveted Western artists.  Meet Quest for the West Artist Heide Presse.

Presse 2015
Heide Presse
Born 1958, in Heidelberg, Germany; lives in Tampa, Florida

Eight Days to Denver
2015, oil on linen, 19 x 36 inches
Butterfield’s Overland Despatch Co. moved freight, mail, and passengers between the Missouri River and Denver on the Smoky Hill Trail. Advertisements declared “Time to Denver, 8 days,” and the fare was $175 per passenger, not including meals. The first express stagecoach left Atchison, Kansas in September 1865.

COMBINING HER INTERESTS in history, art, and needlework, Heide Presse’s paintings reveal many talents. Recently, while reading the journals of overland emigrants, Heide was inspired to bring them to life. Painting mid-nineteenth century subjects allows her to indulge her love of textiles and period clothing. Learning to sew historically accurate quilts and garments, and participating in living history, has also given her a better understanding of the lives of the people she is striving to portray.

Scenes from everyday life are among Heide’s favorite subjects, and she uses lighting and rich color to find glory in the ordinary. Showing artistic talent since she was a young child, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design and after working in advertising, panting became he focus.  Born in Germany and raised in Louisiana, Heide lives for a while in Texas, but not lives on the west coast of Florida with her husband, Jim, and son, Alex.

Notable Awards and Achievements:
2006    National Park Service, Arts for the Parks, Founders’ Favorite Award
2005    National Park Service, Arts for the Parks, Judges’ Choice Award
2002    National Park Service, Arts for the Parks, Grand Prize Winner for Mini 50 and Collectors’ Choice Award
2001    National Park Service, Arts for the Parks, Region I Winner and San Antonio Missions NHP Purchase Award
1997    National Park Service, Arts for the Parks, Collectors’ Choice Award and Founders’ Favorite Award

Gallery Representation:
Astoria Fine Art, Jackson, Wyoming
Lord Nelson’s Gallery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania