My artistic development began in early childhood and I have never stopped that learning process. A self-trained artist, I began to paint actively when I relocated from my native Germany to the United States 19 years ago. The colors of the American landscape and the subtleties of Native American art influenced my artwork deeply. My background as a historian provides me with complex patterns of understanding about human memory.
As the artistic journey proceeded I brought interactive perspectives, external layers, shapes, memories to my work. My art expresses a deep-seated respect for nature and for cultures. The integration, the expression, the portrayal of these remains a challenging process that calls for the continuous transformation of my own perceptions and receptions. My stories turn into a transcendent path to the individual background of the viewer.
For years I worked largely with acrylics. As my paintings gained complexity the choice of media grew. Each theme, each motif, each issue called for its own approach, its own media to express it. That led me from acrylics to oil paint, to liquid metal, to mixed media, to rust. As this process unfolded, I introduced graphic elements into my paintings. Each work I continue to approach as a learning process, careful to balance media and composition.
For me, my art triggers or extends an illusion about the outside world. In each work I play with layers, transparency, shapes. I strive to offer a subjective extract of the visual essence of this outside world. This serves as an invitation to the viewer to place himself or herself within the beauty of nature, to experience its unlimited perceptions, to become part of the journey.
Education/training: self-trained abstract artist; PhD historian
Media: oil, acrylic, pastels, mixed, ink, metal, rust, everything that is required and usable
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