Abstract Visionary Paintings
My origins are in Stuttgart, Germany with its rich culture, gentle hills, dense forests and abundance
of flowers. After starting a career in the graphic arts I moved to the heart of Bavaria, Munich in 1973,
where my Bohemian nature came to the fore. In the circle of Gruppe J’73, an artist collective mentored by the late great Fritz Baumgartner, I began to express myself creatively with pencil drawings, etchings and watercolors. I also took up studies in Eastern and Western Philosophy at LMU while freelancing as a graphic artist.
My instincts, or German “Wanderlust”, brought me to the United States in the late 1970s where I have made my home since. Beginnings of my formal art education at the Sacramento City College in 1987 led to a Bachelors degree in Fine Art at the University of California in Davis in 1998, and culminated in a Masters degree in Studio Art at John F. Kennedy University’s Berkeley Art Annex in 2004. My studies there included two years of greatly enriching Transformative Art exploration which to this day plays an important role in my creative process and ties in with my interest in philosophy and metaphysical studies.
As an artist I first honed illustration skills in graphite, color pencils and pen & ink and explored watercolor as a more fluid medium. Later I delved into etchings, lithography and other printmaking techniques, revelled in Batik, weaving and ceramic sculpture, briefly explored glass blowing, and finally arrived at painting as my preferred artistic medium. After several years of painting landscapes in oil I switched to acrylics which seemed a better fit. I take joy in experimenting with brilliance and luminosity of hues and texture which can be challenging with acrylics. For the past fifteen years I’ve been painting in abstract both as soul search and expression of universal truths. I have shown my work in Germany, Tennessee, Texas, California, Arizona, Oregon and Washington with enthusiastic resonance.
As an abstract painter, my inner and outer life experiences inform my work. My creative vocabulary is enriched by meditation practice, studies in colo ray frequencies, Reiki, astronomy. asrrology as well as travels in Europe, to the Himalayas, and seeking out nature wherever I live. My 10-minute documentary “Walks In Nature” from 2006 describes my intuitive painting style and inspiration derived from being in nature.
Teaching art has been part of my creative focus as well. I enjoyed teaching various Art & Design classes at the Napa City College in 2005 and 2006. I created and taught ten workshops for Art Practice and Transformative Art which I named “Art & Soul Journeys” (© 2003). The name stuck and I am using it now as domain name for my new web site. In the future I may take up teaching art again while pursuing my painterly work with my contemplative, visionary and transformative style and approach.