In her works, Heide E. Presse religiously paints women and children in flower-filled landscapes, emotively portraying the optimism, and peace in everyday life. Through her colorful realist paintings, she conjures a heightened sense of joy.
She especially focuses on the lives of women in the 19th century, and devotedly endeavors to portray them as accurately as possible.
Heide E. Presse was born in 1958 in Heidelberg, Germany but grew up in Louisiana, USA. Born with an innate artistic talent into a family with no artistic inclination, she did not gain any formal artistic training until university. In order to pursue her passion, Presse earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas in 1980. She then worked as a commercial artist in Texas, before deciding in 1990 to focus solely on her own painting style.
Her works have since been recognized internationally and have been exhibited in many national exhibitions, including the exhibition of the American Painting Association.
One of Presse’s favorite occupations is collecting historical clothing and accessories, she especially loves the fashion of the late Victorian, early Edwardian period. Presse has dozens of pretty clothes from 1890-1916 stored in her studio. Along with the clothes, Heide also has a large collection of antiques that she uses as props in her paintings i.e. jars, bowls, and vases.
In her work, Presse often depicts women and children amid flowery landscapes or engaged in tasks amongst blooming flora. Alongside the constant theme of flowers, her paintings also ceaselessly evoking a joyous, optimistic, and peaceful atmosphere. Despite these constants, the subjects and contexts of her paintings are diverse.
She has a proclivity for researching and then producing the most historically accurate 19th-century manner to her subjects as possible. And is forever exploring and learning better ways to produce the most genuine depictions possible.
Looking at Presse’s paintings, it is easy to catch the tender, gentle touch of 19th-century Western women in the field, in the home, and in nature.
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