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Artist Statement

Wildlife

I don’t portray endangered species; I want to illustrate their stories.

My first experience of nature was its absence. In the Ruhr area, shaped by the mining and fossil industries, the last wild meadows were the places of my childhood. The vulnerability of nature and its transience surrounded me and sharpened my gaze as an artist.

This gaze guides my brush, the pencil, the piece of charcoal in my hand. I summarize impressions, simplify, and try to capture the essence of a creature. My paintings should tell of vulnerability. And they should celebrate the liveliness, the departure, the unruliness, even the defiance against all odds.

Polar Bear

I prefer light, flexible, adaptable media and materials such as charcoal, pastel, graphite, but mostly watercolor. I can create dynamics and complexity – precise or flow, tactful or clear, fading transparent or opaque, just as the painting’s work requires in each case. I make sure to use environmentally friendly materials, such as wood-free stone paper and paints with natural binders like honey.

 

With my art, I support as often as I can worldwide non-profit organizations for the protection of species and the environment. So far, artworks have been created in collaboration with or for:

  • ABUN – Artists and Biologists united for nature
  • SPVS – Sociedade de Pesquisa em Vida Selvagem e Educação Ambiental | Society for Wildlife Research and Environmental Education Brazil
  • Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
  • “Jardins de Mel” (Garden of Honey) – A project city of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
  • Baby Rhino Rescue
  • Granite Dells Preservation Foundation
  • Dia da Amazônia
  • ACAP – Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels
  • IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group
  • Katala Foundation
  • Talarak Foundation
  • Philippine Eagle Foundationö
  • Blood Lions
  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park/Uganda
  • Programa Amigos da Onça