Heide Presse

Eight Days to Denver, oil on linen, 19″ x 36″

Heide Presse
( b. 1958)


Opening a window on our country’s early history, Heide paints with fine detail and strong narrative. Her work has been included in numerous museum exhibitions, private and museum collections, and featured in many publications. She earned a BFA in graphic design before transitioning into a fine art career. Heide’s hand-sewn quilts and period clothing are often seen in her paintings, and she is currently working on a large-scale project inspired by an overland journal written by a woman, We Set Our Faces Westward…One Woman’s Journey 1839-1848.

Artist's Statement:

Finding beauty in ordinary moments is what inspires me to create art. When I paint historical pieces, I am most interested in how people lived their daily lives. Reading journals fills my heart and imagination with their own voices so that I can strive to be authentic in their portrayal. My current work is of mostly 19th century subjects, figurative and still life, utilizing natural lighting and a rich palette.


Master-Signature Member American Women Artists


Wildhorse Gallery
Steamboat Springs, CO

Winning the Purchase Award has such enormous significance for me, it’s every artist’s dream to be in a museum and my work, Lee’s Ferry Landing, will be at the Tucson Desert Art Museum for as long as I live. I’m so thankful to the American Women Artists for that opportunity.”

— Lili Ann Laurin
AWA Artists, AZ