About the Artist
Charles Heppner is an artist currently living in Austin. He was born in Chicago into a large Catholic family where individualism was allowed unfettered. He attended Saint Ignatius College Prep then went on to earn a degree in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Though always an artist, he has raced bicycles in France, had a career in finance, and is a devoted parent of three. Charles’ practice includes painting, photography and mixed media. His aesthetic has strong connections to nature and spirituality.
Charles Heppner is moved by the beauty of the awareness of a connection between the finite world of existence and the infinite realm of the universe. This is expressed in his bodies of work, Hortus Noster in Urbe (large floral photographic prints), Prayer Rugs (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).