David HettingerOil Painters of America, Master Signature Member
David Hettinger was born in Aurora, Illinois in 1946. He began drawing at the age of eight and painting in oil at the age of 13. By the time he entered college, he was determined to spend his life as an artist. He graduated from the prestigious American Academy of Art in Chicago but continued his studies in the atelier of David Loffel in New York, then later in that of the renowned Richard Schmid. Even as a student, Hettinger was able to sell his paintings to pay his way through college, and since then, his work has been featured in more than 30 group shows and 20 one-man shows in galleries from New York to Los Angeles.
In January, 2005 the artist was awarded the rare distinction of Master Signature Member of Oil Painters of America (OPAM). He has won both regional and national awards from Oil Painters of America, and has been featured many times in the arts media since the 1980s, most recently in Art of the West. Hettingerâ€™s interiors are impressionistic but often the details become the central element of the composition. "I'm interested in delineating the little objects," he says "the stacks of books -- whatever makes a house a home."
Clearly, his work strikes a resonant chord with collectors who have snapped up his paintings for more than 30 years.