Full color photographs of my works have appeared in the March 11, 2007; February 18, 2007; and April 22, 2007 issues of the Grand Rapids Press.
"Amusingly imaginative is Paul Van Heest's carefully rendered colored-pencil "Walking on Eggshells." The Holland artist took the Maddox Prize for Imaginative Realism for the pile-up of incongruous figures of a crouching man and suitcases perched atop a rhinoceros."
The Grand Rapids Press - April 22, 2007
"A comment must be made of Paul VanHeest's remarkably detailed, colored-pencil piece, "Walking on Egg Shells," which received the Director's Choice Award. It is an amusing, conceptual work in which a carefully executed rhino is standing on wooden blocks and broken eggs while supporting a man who is burdened with unexpected but everyday objects. It so aptly fulfills [the juror's] contention that the artist be inventive and understand his medium. It is hard to believe the Holland artist did this work in colored pencil."
The Grand Rapids Press - June 18, 2005
"'Globaphobic Porcupine,' [is] a colored-pencil drawing by Paul Van Heest, of Holland. The expertly executed work offers a strange scenario of a porcupine on a barbed-wire tightrope who protects his prickly body with a cactus leaf while above him floats an orange balloon at which are aimed various pointed objects, from darts and nails to bees, and hummingbirds."
The Grand Rapids Press - March 11, 2007
"A colored pencil rendering of a balancing act involving a sea lion, an inner tube and a toliet plunger sets the standard for the 23rd annual West Michigan Regional Competition."
"This satirical piece, Hydrophobic Otter scored the Holland artist Paul Van Heest a best-in-show award..."
The Grand Rapids Press - February 17, 2009
“… the art was center stage throughout the weekend, and especially on Sunday. Bivins announced the winner of this year's People's Choice Award for (Grand Rapids) Festival's Regional Arts Exhibition… First place and a prize of $250, as chosen by public vote, went to "A Game of Cat and Mouse," a colored pencil piece by Paul Van Heest.”
The Grand Rapids Press - June 7, 2009
(Badger The Witness) "This playful composition is extremely creative, and the meticulous drawing clearly shows the artist's mastery of this medium."
Juror Michael Martin
Head of Curatorial Dept.; Flint Institute of Arts