I am grateful to be able to work as an artist

The occupation with art helps me to connect with the world, to classify experiences, to arrive – An act of search as well as an act of understanding.

With watercolour and ink, charcoal, graphite, pastel and acrylic paints I explore boundaries and transitions. I delve into feelings, organize thoughts, express and acquaint myself.

With my partner and my two sons, I live and work in a small town in the West of Germany.

Artist Statement

"We have to have the courage to face ourselves.
That's the only way to create authentic works."

My art is the result of a profound search, a journey towards myself. It reflects both individual and universal experiences. Nature serves as a source of inspiration.

My painting tells of fragility and vulnerability. It is my language through which I can translate my experiences and feelings - in shapes, colours, gestures and shades. The focus is on humans and nature - and their relationship to each other.

Layer by layer, I combine the abstract with the familiar, the figurative with the imaginary.
My paintings thus convey a feeling that is difficult to grasp, but nevertheless familiar.

My paintings hang in private collections in Europe, America, Australia, and South Africa.

Bio

My passion for art – my means of communication and expression – has accompanied me since early childhood. My approach to art is mainly self-taught. From the beginning, I have used every opportunity to practice my drawing “craft” and develop my understanding of art on the basis of great paintings, for example, in museums, exhibitions, reviews, and books. This process is alive and still ongoing.

Exhibitions and art shows


  • 2023 - OpenArts PhönixSee Dortmund
  • 2022 - SAA Winning Finalist's Exhibition at the Nottingham Society of Artists Gallery, England
  • 2022 - Collective Exhibition "Cape Parrots" at the East London Museum in Southernwood, South Africa s
  • 2022 - Art show und Auction "Spring for the dells" Arizona, USA
  • 2022  - Group exhibition "WildArt 2022", St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 2019  Art Auction "Baby Rhino Rescue", South Africa

These are the cornerstones of my artistic work so far:

2023:
Modern Art & Ideas - Workshop of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)

ART of the MOOC: Art, Activism and Social Movements - Course at Duke University

2022:

"The working artist" Intensive course by artist Sonja Smalheer

Participation in the Jackson's Art Prize, 2022.

Awarded in the SAA Artist of the Year Art Award 2022.

2021:

Participation in the SAA Artist of the Year Art Prize, 2021

Sexing the Canvas: Art and Gender - Course of the University of Melbourne.

Modernism and Postmodernism (Part1) - Course of the Wesleyan University

Portrait course of the Barcelona Academy of Art.

2020:

Independent freelance artist

Represented in the IUCN Otter Calendar for 2021

Participation in the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2021

2019:

Drawing Nature, Science, and Culture - Course of the University of Newcastle/Australia 

European Paintings: From Leonardo to Goya - Course of the University Carlos III/Madrid.

2018:

Member of the international artists’ association, ABUN – Artists and Biologists united for nature.

I regularly take part in further training and engage in professional and artistic exchange with artists from all over the world.

Art for Conservation

I find inspiration for my art in nature. There I feel connected.

My first experience of nature was its absence. Growing up in the Ruhr area in Western Germany, shaped by the mining and coal industry, 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, abstract, and try to capture what I perceive as the essence.

With my art, I repeatedly support worldwide non-profit organizations for the protection of species and the environment. So far artworks were 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“ (Honey Garden) – A project of the city Curitiba, Parana, Brasilien
  • 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
    • Projeto Papagaio Verdadeiro
    • Curlew Action
    • Green Mountain Initiative
    • Hawaii Wildlife Center
    • Southeastern Grasslands Institute at Austin Peay State University | USA
    • BirdCare Aotearoa (BCA) | New Zealand
    • Solidearth Meerkat Rehab and Rescue | South Africa

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