Oil on Panel
12in x 14in
Hettinger's landscapes are often a reflection of his memories from a life lived along the Fox River Valley of Illinois. The Fox River runs through the Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva, IL. It is named for George and Nelle Fabyan who commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to redesign their farm house. The home is now called 'The Villa' and is located in the Forest Preserve. As a child, Hettinger used to walk the train tracks and see the hawks, eagles, and bears George kept as pets. He still makes almost daily trips to the Preserve to sketch. This painting embodies the winter nights of rural Illinois, while hinting at the Japanese element drawn from the oriental Fabyan garden in the Forest Preserve. It is one of a select few of Hettinger's pieces showing a night scene.