I developed a strong interest in painting and drawing very early in life. My native city of Dusseldorf in Germany was a buzzing center of modern art in the 1970's. By the time I left school I had managed to see most of the best known work by international Surrealists, Abstract Expressionists, and Pop Artists.
In 1978 and 1981 I gained Master of Arts degrees in Education, Psychology and Philosophy. After teaching and lecturing in various schools and colleges, I moved to in Eire in the mid-eighties.
There I spent time as a student of the Irish School of Landscape Painting, took part in various exhibitions, and later taught painting and drawing in adult education. In 1997 I moved to St Ives.
I am first and foremost a landscape painter, fascinated by what is elusive and ephemeral in the landscape and what is eternal and solid. My work tries to reflect the textures and rhythms of the two and the tension between them. It is the visual expression of my attempt to understand the essence of the landscape, its male and female elements, its timelessness and its sense of history and the ancient.
The female figure sometimes appears as an integral part of my landscapes reflecting the affinity between us humans and nature, the ever precarious balance of hard and soft, intellectual and emotional, assertive and compliant, male and female in our own nature.
There is often a sense of urgency in my work caused by my need to process impressions immediately, the impact as little as possible diluted by time.
The actual procedure of producing my work is my main focus, the meditative process of dealing with the subject matter a valued time of contemplation. I will lose myself in the building up and scraping away of layers, using a variety of media, to develop my version of a weathered rock face or a winter sky.
Sometimes I like a distinct drawing to support my paintings, and I use line to express energy and movement.
In printmaking I like to work with “soft” plates as in mono-printing and .
I also teach painting courses and workshops in St Ives and Turkey.
My work is in private collections in England, Eire, Germany, The Netherlands and the United States. I am an associate member of the Society of Artists and a member of the Group, a group of artists who like to take risks in their work, associated to the St Ives School of Painting.