The Artist

 

 

I am fascinated by wildlife. That seems quite obvious, but I really mean it! Everything about those beautiful creatures from anatomy and behavior to the sounds they make captivates me.

In my artwork I am seeking to express that deep admiration and weave it into a sometimes delicate and sometimes rather painterly picture of what I see.

 

My work is always realistic, so that my audience – yes, that´s you - can relate and get a glimpse of the marveling appreciation I find myself in.

 

When I paint wildlife, I feel like part of the wilderness rushes through me leaving me in an admiring, peaceful and curious mood. That process is often reflected in the style and the brushstrokes I use. Especially in my oil paintings there seem to be areas of painterly excitement and others, which I approached in a more gentle manner. My watercolors on the other hand require a very soft and patient attitude since they involve a lot of thin and delicate layers.

 

 

All this grew over several years of self-study beginning at the age of 8. By then I had just moved near a small nature reserve close to Hamburg, Germany, where I still live today. I started consuming art books and soon joined some casual painting lessons for about a year. After finishing school I plunged into art theory, which triggered a continuous learning curve (read more about that in my January 2019 blog post). This was also accompanied by some first successes as an emerging artist in the art world, such as winning the Hahnemühle calendar contest 2017 and being a finalist in both the renowned Wildlife Artist of the Year contest (2017 and 2018) and the esteemed Arc Salon (Art Renewal Center) in 2018. Becoming a member of the Artists for Conservation society - " the world´s leading artist group supporting the environment" - in May 2018 amplified my motivation to learn everything there is about wildlife to help protect it.

 

Exhibtions & Achievements

2020

 

May  | Wildlife Artist of the Year 2020

  • May 21, 2020 12:00 am - June 28, 2020
  • Finalist for the 4. time in a row
  • Online this year
    • "Innocence” 

 

2019

 

From September | AFC Festival

 
  • Two paintings taking part
    • "Giants" - Live exhibit starting in Canada - travelling to China and the US
    • "Tenderness" - Online exhibit
  • Starting at the Sept 27 - 29 in Vancouver

 

  • AFC 2019 Festival, VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver, BC

 

May | ARC Salon 

  • Second time Finalist of the prestigious ARC Salon contest
  • “Okapi” – Oil painting

 

 "This year we received over 4,300 entries from 73 countries. Approximately 35% of the works submitted have qualified as finalists, about 1,500 works!"

 

May - June | Wildlife Artist of the Year 2019

  • Finalist for the 3. time 
  • Mall Galleries, The Mall, St. James’s, London SW1Y 5AH, UK
  • Three successful entries (two sold)
    • “Invisible Lines”  – SOLD
    • "Bright" - SOLD
    • "Silence" - available

 

2018 

Nov - Jan 19 | Solo Exhibition in Wuppertal

  • Sparda Bank West, Kaiserstraße 24, 42329 Wuppertal
  • Runs until the 31.01.2019
 

Sept  - Nov | Sketch for Survival

  • 29.09. – 25.11.2018
  • 100 % donation of the sketch
  • “Future Phantom” – Leopard Cub
  • Displayed in London, across the UK and New York

 

“The Trust (Real World Conservation Trust) aims to raise awareness about the threats facing many iconic species including elephant, lion and rhino while fundraising for conservation partners.” READ MORE 

 

MayAFC Membership

  • Signature Member of Artists for Conservation
  • The world´s leading artist group supporting the environment

 

MayWildlife Artist of the Year 2018

  • Finalist for the 2. time
  • “White on White” entry – SOLD
  • Mall Galleries, The Mall, St. James’s, London SW1Y 5AH, UK

 

May | Art & Vielfalt Magdeburg

  • May 2018 - September 2018
  • Finalist of the “Guericke-Einhorn” contest in Magdeburg
  • 4 of my 5 entries are SOLD
  • Museum of Natural Science and History in Magdeburg

 

Apr | Kayamoja Art Connects

  • April 2018
  • Finalist in the first Kayamoja Wildlife Art Exhibition
  • “Essentials” entry – AVAILABLE
  • Windhoek and Swakopmund in Namibia

 

Feb | ARC Salon Finalist

  • February 2018
  • Finalist of the prestigious ARC Salon contest
  • “Last Fight” – Charcoal Drawing

 

“ARC is pleased to present the winners and finalists of the 13thInternational ARC Salon Competition. This year we had over 3,750 entries from 69 countries. Our finalists represent approximately 28% of entries.”

 

2016 & 2017

June | Wildlife Artist of the Year 2017

  • June 2017
  • Finalist
  • “Two Worlds” entry – SOLD
  • Mall Galleries, The Mall, St. James’s, London SW1Y 5AH, UK
 

Oct | Hahnemühle Calendar Contest

  • October 2017
  • 1 of 12 Finalists
  • 2600 entries of artists from 44 countries
  • Hahnemühle Calendar Contest

 

Oct 16 | 1st Exhibition

  • October 2016
  • First exhibtion in a professional gallery
  • “Ihre Galerie” in Trittau