Ben carved and painted in those early years for his own pleasure. Maintaining a rig of 75-100 decoys which required painting almost every fall was his first introduction to his decoy career.
Heinemann entered his first decoy competition in Davenport, Iowa in 1977. Since his bird carving career began Ben has gained international recognition for his detail and accurate renditions of wildfowl carvings.
Over the years Ben has taught seminars and work shops and is frequently asked to judge competitions across the country. Although competitions have provided some of the inspiration for Ben's work , his concern is to perpetuate the tradition of waterfowl decoy sculpture as the true American art form. Ben currently resides with his wife Karen in Durham , NC . He has two children; Ben Justin and Katherine Lee.
Phone: 919 - 219 - 3545