BFA from Salisbury University with a concentration in Painting, Summa Cum Laude, 2007
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Regensburg, Germany in 1991
Born and raised in the German countryside, I learned to appreciate nature at an early age. Nature inspires me to create something that is unique to me and free from boundaries. My artwork is a reaction to my surroundings and my feelings. I use both photography and painting to interpret colors, shapes, texture, lines and values that I find in nature. Nature is the best artist and the possibilities for interpretation are endless.
Living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, I am surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty and wildlife. I get inspired by the rhythmic reflections and the fluid movements of the water surface. The shapes and the density of the water plants offer endless possibilities for artistic interpretations. I pay attention to the ever changing light and weather conditions and the impact it has on the elements. Through my art, I try to capture harmony of all living creatures within their environment. Attempting to capture the colors and the serenity of a sunset over the river on a hazy summer day remains an ongoing challenge for me.
I do not like to limit myself to a certain kind of painting style or subject matter. My artwork ranges from close-up photographs and paintings of flora and fauna to abstract interpretations of the mystery of nature. Over the last two years, I have been drawn to abstract painting. Creating abstract art has a liberating and exciting effect on my mind and my soul. However, I equally enjoy working on representational paintings. I chose my subject matters by finding an emotional connection in my surrounding. It can be a flower from my yard, a heron down by the water or a colorful sunset that captures my need for creativity at the time.
Art has become a beautiful journey for me, and I can no longer imagine my life without it. The quiet studio time in combination with my outside camera time is a perfect combination to keep me inspired. I am happy when I can create something that was not there before and something that is truly mine.