About the Work
1st Grade, Mrs. Ingold would jar me from my thought with, “David Hefner you are staring out the window.” Even when she did so in a gentle voice – it was shocking and I would jolt back with everyone laughing. So I learned to look at the aged wood desk top, and there they were: Robinson Crusoe, Bible stories, the Cloud-islands, Greek myths from star maps, dinosaurs and scores of different species of fish rising from the depths within the woodgrain. My primary art activity is still, mainly, looking at woodgrain – floating and seeking connections to sleeping thought. As a young man I taught kindergarten for seven years. Everyday we shared dreams after nap. Then we would paint and share the paintings as another form of dream sharing. Five-year-olds most often just begin painting and find their subjects, compositions, and color choices intuitively within the process of moving paint. My woodgrain paintings are an attempt to explore these aspects of pure process. From 1998 to 2013 I mainly made woodcut and then woodgrain prints before switching back to painting as the direct medium of what gets out of the studio.