My work combines my European past and my American present. My paintings are upbeat and symbolize the strength and positive attitude that are part of the American spirit and therefore part of my newfound life in the United States. My passion for bold colors comes from a group of artists called “The Blue Rider” of the 1920s, especially Franz Marc; other influences are American artists Mark Rothko and Wolf Kahn.
My paintings consist of bold colors and a deep sense of emotion. I often paint with a limited palette, rather focusing on brushstrokes, texture and form to find a balance.
I am drawn to the drama and the pain connecting us all in our humanity and strive to create beauty out of the most difficult circumstances. I am not attempting to abstract the physical world; I am trying to get to the person behind the mask.
Edvard Munch said: “Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye. It also includes the inner pictures of the soul.”
I draw my subject matter from inside of myself hoping to create a constant conversation between the viewer and the painting, especially since abstracts do not seem to answer but ask.