American David Hettinger is known as the Illinois Painter of Life.
At thirteen he received his first set of oils by a local artist named Mike Spencer who ran a local barbershop near David's elementary school.
His formal training began at the Academy of Art in Chicago under Joseph Van Brouck and learned classical realism and the Techniques of the Fleming, Dutch, and Spanish masters.
After four years, David moved to New York City to study under famous New York artists David Leffel and Richard Schmid.
It is said that David Hettinger paints "moments in life" or "emotion" rather than simply a scene or a place. He paints his personal recollections of a moment in time, complete with all the feelings attached.
As usual, I claim nothing here as my own.
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