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 Alan Lee Heuer  (1958 - )

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Lived/Active: New Mexico / Germany      Known for: landscape

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The following is from the artist: Alan Lee Heuer who signs his works Alan Heuer

Born: 1958, Munich Germany (US Military Base)
Residence: Taos, New Mexico
Subject matter: Landscape
Style of work: Realist
Medium: Oil

Permanent collection: Office of the President Permanent Collection; Brooklyn College (CUNY). "West from Brooklyn" (1983)

Lander Valley Merchants Association, Lander, Wyo., purchased image "Lander 2000" for a billboard to attract tourists. (2001)

Blue Mountain Gallery Invitationals, New York City (2001, 2000, 1996)
Central Park Conservancy, NYC
- painted mural depicting the foliage and fawnage of Central Park. (1993)

SOLO Exhibitions: Fremont County Library, Lander, WY (1984); Riverton, Library, Riverton, WY (1985)

Wind River Art Show, Lander, Wyoming. "God Rays"; Most popular of Show. (1976)

Lander Valley High School Library, Lander, Wyoming. Painted mural depicting the "Ascent of Man". (1974)

Alan Heuer, began painting as a kid in Lander, Wyoming. Although for many years he considered himself self-taught, he has in fact received instruction from some of the countries most gifted and talented artists, including his late wife, Kay Hazelip, an artist who taught at The Art Students League in New York City. In 1994 before she died she said she no longer introduced her husband's paintings to her artist friends with the phrase, "these are my husbands--he's self-taught".

In 1990, after the birth of their first child, Jackson, she sent him off to study plein air painting with one of his favorite painters in Wyoming, Prix de West winner Jim Wilcox in Jackson Hole. This was his first venture out of the studio and into the landscape. It would not be his last. In 1995 he spent several weeks plein air painting with Gary Godbee of Seattles Academy of Realist Art in Taos and the OKeeffe Ranch in New Mexico.

In fact, Alan first became attracted to landscape when he visited Jackson Hole and the Tetons at the age of eight and his father gave him a set of acrylics and some canvas board. Many hours were spent painting the mountains and examining artwork at the local galleries. Among his favorite painters as a child were Albert Bierstadt and Frederick Church of the Hudson River School. In Lander, there is actually a Bierstadt on display at the Fremont County Library. But, mostly Alan just perused all the art books he could find at the library and dreamed of great museums.

In High School, Alan and a classmate, Bill Knezovich spent a good portion of their sophomore year painting a mural, "The Ascent of Man" in the High School Library. Alan did the landscape, Bill did the figures. It was quite an achievement for a couple of kids. Alan also went on to receive several awards for his painting during High School, including most popular of show, "God Rays" at the Wind River Art Show.

But, Alan had other candles to burn; after High School he went on to pursue a successful career as a classical clarinetist in New York City where he met and married, Kay Hazelip, a young budding artist. Throughout it all, he continued to paint and visit great museums.

In 1981, Alans desire to paint western landscape led to the purchase of a Minolta X700 single lens reflex camera, a camera he still uses today. During his summers west for almost fifteen years, he would take pictures of his native Wyoming and return to Brooklyn and put them to paint.

In 1983 during his Masters recital he displayed, "West from Brooklyn College", a painting looking west from the roof of his apartment building towards his alma mater and the Colorado Rockies beyond. He consequently sold it to the college for permanent display in the Office of the President.

In 1985, while playing in the orchestra for The Grand Teton Music Festival, he sold "Fingers" to the first chair clarinetist of the St. Louis Symphony. It seemed when he could find time to paint (and he always did) his artwork would be snatched up. He once sold a favorite painting, "Flower Pink" to a roommate in exchange for rent. That painting has since moved on to Australia.

In 1988 in the painting "Wishful Thinking" he displaces the wall viewed from his kitchen window with his favorite mountain in Wyoming, The Grand Teton. Other works of representational displacement include "New York City in the Hole", a view of Manhattan from the top of the ski lift in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

With the loss of his wife, Kay Hazelip, to cancer in 1995, Alan made a career switch and found himself in Silicon Valley working as an information engineer and raising two small children by himself. Before moving he spent a few weeks in New Mexico studying and painting with Gary Godbee of New Jersey, a plein-air painter and friend of his late wife. It was during this summer of '95 that he fell in love with the New Mexico landscape. Among his paintings that summer are two of his favorites, "Shaded Door in The Sunlight" and "A Moment Amidst Shifting Sunlight".

But California and a new career beckoned. In spite of it all, a few small California plein air landscapes did emerge, including, "Lake Merrit Eucalyptus". and "San Jose, Victorian". Mostly, though, he just dreamed of painting and spent his time contracting for IBM, HP and 3Com, and building an interactive website,, a virtual gallery for his and his late wifes work (and now the work of any artist wishing a portfolio or web page.)

In 1999, he met a wonderful woman, Anna Toste a classical flutist, who was willing to help raise his children, play duets, and see him take on a full-time career as a starving artist. So they moved to Taos, New Mexico. What better place for a landscape painter to paint?

Alan Heuer is also a published author. His first novel, "Search for Harmony", is about a young cowboy's search for love and harmony in New York City and beyond. It is available via Barnes and Noble at

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