Dutch-born Joseph Antonio Hekking was a landscape painter who, like many of the Hudson River School, drew inspiration from the Adirondacks and White Mountains. At the age of twenty-nine, he first exhibited at the National Academy of Design in New York City. He began teaching at the Cherry Valley Female Academy in upstate New York in 1861 before serving in the Civil War. Hekking was located in Hartford, Connecticut in the 1870s, followed by Detroit, Michigan and Washington D.C. in his later years. He died in New York in 1903. His works were exhibited at important institutions and expositions, and collected by notable patrons like J.S. Farrand, and George Walter Vincent Smith.
His work is held in many private collections and in such notable institutions as the New York Historical Society, New York, New York; and the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan.