Short Bio

Mr. Heppner is a visual artist living in Austin.  He was born in Chicago into a large Catholic family where individualism was allowed unfettered.  He has a degree in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.  He has worked in finance and is a devoted parent of three children.  His current body of work concerns spirituality and the human relationship to nature.

Charles has shown his work in numerous galleries both in Chicago and New York.  His work is in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States.  

Charles welcomes studio visits, please contact him to arrange a time.

Artist’s Statement

A major theme of my work concerns the spiritual connection to the experiential response to beauty, especially in nature.  This is expressed in my bodies of work, Hortus Noster in Urbe (large floral photographic prints), Prayer Rugs and Arboreal Chords (arboreal composite photographs) and Personal Aesthetic Journey (composite images consisting of watercolors and photographs). Another focus concerns the exploration of the individual’s role in the community, specifically how we communicate, interact and question our origin.  This is explored in the bodies of work Sanctum Boxes (mixed media box constructions), Heart Strings (oil paintings) and Sacred Fabric (large photographs of carefully arranged (‘drawn’) cheesecloth).   

 

 

 Self-portrait with pets, 7"x5", pigment print on onion skin paper, encaustic, masonite

Self-portrait with pets, 7"x5", pigment print on onion skin paper, encaustic, masonite