Dick Heichberger Bio

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(b. 1945)

Landscape oil-painter, Dick Heichberger, was born in 1945 in Eden, New York. He became interested in art as an elementary school student after having attended an Andrew Wyeth exhibit at the Buffalo Museum of Fine Art. During these formative years, Heichberger developed deep interests in nature and Native American culture. He and his father hiked the eastern mountains in search of arrowheads and other artifacts of the Mohawk, Iroquois and Allegheny tribes that once had populated that area. After high school graduation, Heichberger attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Technical Institute.

He postponed his career in art by joining the Marine Corps in 1965. After receiving his discharge, however, Heichberger settled in Orange County practiced technique while working full time and studying to obtain an associate degree in wildlife management from Santa Ana College. Before settling in Arizona, Heichberger spent a number of years living and working in Big Bear, CA an area that recalled for him the landscape of upstate New York. He spent time teaching at a junior college and working for Disney, Bear Animation, Warner Brothers and Landmark Entertainment and Fox.

Now Dick Heichberger is able to devote his full time to developing his paintings. His inspiration comes from landscapes, his interest in Native Americans, wildlife of the desert and canyons of Arizona as well as the mountains of California, Wyoming and Colorado. Through his mastery and the simplicity of his subject matter, his paintings convey beauty and harmony of the landscapes he so admires.