Artists / 2018 Cowgirl Up!

Heide Presse

Combining her interest in art, history and needlework, Heide’s paintings reveal many talents. Painting mid-19th century subjects allows her to indulge her fascination for period textiles and clothing, and to research the material culture of past eras. “Having chosen to depict the lives of the people who lived in the 19th century, I feel a strong responsibility to portray them as authentically as I can. Their voices fill my heart and imagination as I read their journals, written as they experienced firsthand the great migration westward. I want to open a window into their lives during a period of great change in our country. I feel that reading the words written by the emigrants, as they made their long journey day by day, is the best way to understand how they lived.”

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