I paint landscapes, people, flora, fauna and abstract themes. My preferred medium is acrylic on canvas. With repeated overlapping of shapes in transparent or opaque layers, clusters of dots, flowing lines and dynamic interplay of color I recreate the energy I remember from my observations in nature. I aim to inspire with my work and show spirit embodied in nature.
I was born in Stuttgart, Germany. In the early 1970’s I moved to Munich, where I began a dual art career as a graphic artist and fine artist. There I exhibited with “Gruppe J’73” under the tutelage of Fritz Baumgartner, an Austrian Modernist artist of the Bauhaus Era. My work included aquatint etchings, watercolors, graphites and color pencil drawings which I exhibited in our cooperative gallery.
In 1978 I emigrated to the USA and continued working both as graphic designer and fine artist. My formal art training began at the Sacramento City College in 1987 focusing on ceramics, printmaking and painting. In 1994, I moved on to the UC Davis Art Department where I studied art and painting under Wayne Thiebaud, Mike Henderson, Squeak Carnwath, ceramics with Annabel Rosen and mural painting with Malaquias Montoya. My murals can be seen in Vacaville, Sacramento, Woodland, Oakland and Vallejo, California. I graduated with a BFA from UC Davis in 1998 with highest honors.
In 2000, my love of Eastern philosophy and interest in world cultures brought me to the Masters Program in Transformative Art at the Arts & Consciousness Department in Holistic Studies of John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley. I engaged deeply with Transformative Art practices which still influence the way I view and experience the world. In 2004, I graduated with a Masters Degree in Studio Art with focus on abstract painting.
During the Transformative Arts Program I authored a series of ten workshops tailored to beginning and established artists alike. I taught these “Art & Soul Journeys” for personal and artistic growth through the Alameda Arts Center and out of my studio in Oakland from 2003 to 2007. In 2005 and 2006 I also taught three Art & Design classes at the Napa Valley Community College including Digital Image Manipulation, Beginning Design and Digital Painting. To document my transformative painting process I directed a video documentary “Walks In Nature” in which one of my larger paintings “Both Worlds” is featured in six stages. The video provides insight into my intuitive, visionary and explorative approach to my work.
I have exhibited my work largely in Texas, the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento Area in California, Oregon, Washington and Arizona. Since 2017 I live and work in the Sierra Nevada Foothills which inspire me greatly. Currently I am a member of Yosemite Western Artists, the Mariposa Arts Council, the Sierra Artists Gallery, the Carnegie Center for the Arts and Mariposa/Yosemite Artists.
Preferred Media: ceramics, painting