Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Harry Heine became a successful commercial artist and illustrator. In 1970 he moved to BC’s Vancouver Island and launched a career as a marine artist. He was elected to the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA), as a senior member in 1979, and in 1980 he became the first Canadian to be elected to the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA), a group of less than 50 international painters based in London, England.
His paintings hang in permanent collections such as Mystic Seaport Museum, Connecticut; the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatchewan; the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, England; the Provincial Maritime Museum, BC; the Washington State Arts Commission; the Government House Collection, BC; the Shell Canada Collection; and the National Maritime Museum, England.
Heine was a Charter Member of the Canadian Society of Marine Artists (CSMA) and was a past vice-president of that society and of the FCA. In 1983 he was named as Honorary Alberta Artist, and in 1985 he became an Honorary Citizen of the City of Victoria and an Honorary Crew member of Canada 1, Canada’s entry in the America’s Cup yacht race
Harry Heine passed away in 2004.