2002 – 2009, Finsterwalde (DE)
Art School for Adults with Eckhard Böttger
2004, 2005, 2006, Finsterwalde (DE)
Summer Plein Air
2008, Bremerhaven (DE)
Life drawing Summer School
2008, Falkenberg (DE)
First Price, County Art Competition for Schools
2012 – 2014, Berlin (DE)
Art workshops, life drawing
2014, Berlin (DE)
Fine Art and life drawing with Christopher Balzer
2015 – today, London (UK)
Art workshops, life drawing, independent work
Thanks for taking time to read a few lines about me.
I have been fascinated by the craft of art from a very young age. As a student in primary school I could hardly wait for rare art lessons we had, and dreaded their end. I had a rich imagination and a profound curiosity as a child and would draw in my sketch books during any free time I had. My teacher was quick to notice the creative interest, and encouraged my parents to sign me up for afternoon classes at art school. Over the course of seven years, local artist Eckhard Böttger exposed me to various techniques and styles. He became my trusted teacher, mentor and friend. Thanks to his genuine dedication I would shape and develop my artistic voice and discover the materials that resonated with me. I intuitively gravitated towards watercolour and oil with an expressionist twist. My early pieces were observant of reality with a visceral, almost fearless approach to colour. I would transform ordinary objects into vivid characters, and recreate nature with strokes of purple and splashes of yellow. My portraits were impulsive, accentuating the strongest lines and distorting the details. I had laid my foundation as an artist.
In my last year of high school, Eckhard was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. There is so much I would like to express at this point, yet no words could describe the impact it had on his professional life, his family and all those dear to him. When he passed away, I put my brushes, papers, colours, and creative ambitions aside, storing them in the darkest corner of my parents’ attic. It would be my silent attempt to cope with the loss I felt. Only much later would I realise what a significant impact Eckhardt had on my approach as an artist, and how much I remembered of what he taught me. The idea that I would need to replace his presence seemed wrong and impossible. Over the next three years as a business undergraduate I left no space and time for creativity, focussing instead on building a career.
It was 2012 and there it was again: the familiar creative tickling my fingers. I would struggle, however, to pick up where I had left off. Working on the same themes did not resonate and I could not accept any other teacher challenging my approach. I then swapped still life and landscape for nudity. I studied the shapes of male and female bodies using pen, ink and watercolour. Nakedness felt radical, adventurous, and pure. In those two years, I would collect books on erotica, experiment with photography, and by the end of it all, I had my portfolio ready for submission to art school.
Then the bubble burst and I found myself at a personal crossroads. I could go on to study art or accept a place at a business school abroad. I decided on the latter. I obtained a Master’s degree in International Business Management in London and landed a job in the corporate world. To my surprise, the city reignited my creativity and this time I swore never to let it go. I transformed my little shoe box of a room into my artist’s heaven to accommodate late nights spent painting. I printed black and white photographs of females, transferred their beautiful faces onto paper by pen, and overlaid them with experimental colour schemes and styles. These women served as projections of my own emotional state as a young adult – torn between two different worlds with opposite ideals. I had one foot in business and the other in the creative space. I challenged the side of me that had been independent, organised, risk-averse and ambitious for so long… and let in someone new.
This artsy spirit split my personality, and exposed me to a new understanding of my world. The part of me that used to plan and avoid risks took the backseat, as intuition and spontaneity took over. I broke free to experiment with abstraction, illustration, collage, and everything in between. I finally recognised myself as an artist.
Today, I am inviting you, dear visitor, to follow me on my journey.