Charles D. Hoeppner "Chuck" Hoeppner was born in Chicago Illinois and raised on an Indiana farm before attending the school of Horticulture at Purdue University
. He continued his studies in Floral Design at the Brights School of Floral Design in Chicago. After serving in the armed forces from 1953-1955, he settled in Mill Valley, joining the decorating staff of Podesta Baldocchi, designing for them in major cities throughout the nation. During this time he designed three Marin County Fairs, held at the Marin Art and Garden center. In addition, he designed and constructed sets and lighting for children's theater, the Mountain Play, Marin Ballet's Nutcracker and the Imagination Celebration. Rico International, a subsidiary of Revlon, moved him to Hong Kong to design artificial flowers, While living there, Chuck traveled throughout China, creating several hundred pen and ink drawings, sixty of which were purchased by the Hong Kong City Hall Gallery and Museum for their permanent collection and museum postcards. Returning to the United States in 1969, he illustrated a major series of garden books written by Jack Kramer and published by Charles Scribner and Sons. His precise line drawings of nursery stock, in the form of advertising clip-art can still be seen in newspaper advertisements throughout the county. In recent years, Charles moved to Lake County and became active in the Arts Community there. His floral painting and designs have been used by Laser craft of Santa Rosa on greeting cards both as color prints and laser paper cut designs. Over the years, his floral serigraphs and hand colored dry point etchings have attracted collectors. He wrote and self published "On Top of the World, Love, Charlie", the story of his adventure while walking 22 days in Swedish Lappland, which includes some 65 of his drawings. Integrated with his time in the art studio, he was closely in touch with nature and his subject matter as an environmentalist and exceptional wilderness buff, capable of living for long periods in the wild at near survival. This ability he claims gave him the awareness and sensitivity necessary to transfer what he saw in nature onto paper. Memorial Contributions in his name can be sent to Lake County Art Council P.O. Box 247 Lakeport, CA 95453.