Heide E. Presse was born in 1958 in Heidelberg , Germany , and grew up in Louisiana . Born with a natural artistic talent into a family with no other artistically inclined members, Presse had no formal art instruction until college. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in design from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches , Texas in 1980. She worked as a commercial artist in Texas , but now calls Florida home with her husband and son. In 1990, she decided to focus exclusively on painting, working in watercolor first, and more recently oil..