Heiner C. Hertling

Hometown: Howell, Michigan

Heiner embraces the visual arts in many different forms, may it be colorful oil paintings, sensitive watercolors or pastels, monumental bronze or wood sculptures and even jewelry. Heiner puts all his creativity into it. Having drawn and painted in his early childhood in his native Germany, his logical choice for a career was something in the visual arts. Being realistic about potential earnings he chose commercial art and advertising. After completing an apprenticeship in a graphic studio in Hamburg, he decided it was time to see the world.


A trip to the United States made him realize that he had found his other love of open spaces, wildlife and nature. After a short stint as a commercial artist in New York he moved to Detroit where the auto industry employed some of the best illustrations and artists for their advertising. After joining a studio and working for 20 years he ended up owning his own. When computers started to replace brushes and paint he decided to just paint and sculpt for pleasure. Heiner has always painted fine art pieces throughout his commercial life so the transition was easy. Multiple first places in national art competitions, featured artist honors and seven conservation stamp wins convinced galleries to represent Heiner. From intricate detailed realism to bold colorful impressionistic painting nothing in the the arts seemed to be off limits to Heiner. His many collectors realized this and allow him to enjoy a prosperous career.

The discipline and craftsmanship he learned though his advertising career and his enthusiastic lighthearted nature also made  him a nationally known teacher and mentor . His television series “Your Brush with Nature,” a Plein air painting show, has given him a stage to share his knowledge internationally. His on camera ease has earned him an Emmy nomination and many accolades from his fans. Heiner receives letters, emails and phone calls thanking him for being such a down to earth teacher and sharing his method of painting.