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Heide Presse

Birth place or City of origin: Heidelberg Germany
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Last known City: Tampa
Last known State: FL
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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 quits and garments and participating in living history, has given her a better understanding of the lives of 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 after working in advertising, painting became her focus. Born in Germany and raised in Louisiana, Heide lived for a whole in Texas, but now lives on the west coast of Florida with her husband, Jim and son, Alex.

Biography courtesy of the Eiteljorg Museum (


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