I am fascinated by the light conditions of the countryside, particularly in Northern Germany. I grew up in Hamburg so I am used to the rugged countryside and sometimes bleak weather and light conditions. The light in northern country landscapes is very special and it is indescribably beautiful. It touches my soul and opens up my heart when I visit the coast and feel the elemental force of the sea.
As opposed to my seascapes, I am very interested in the closely cropped views of the harbor and its endless diversity of shapes and colors.
With pastel painting l have found the ideal medium to artistically and creatively transform these special conditions of illumination. I love to spread pigment on paper without anything else in between.
Pastel paintings come alive when you put different layers of colour on the canvas. This is a great artistic stimulus for me. Which combination of colour pigments can be used to achieve precisely the effect of light and shade that I want? During the artistic process, layers of colour are continually built up and removed until the light situation has been captured and the picture can unfold its unique illuminating power.
My paintings develop as a result of direct observation on location which I capture in sketches and photographs. If possible, I set up my easel and use a small selection of pastel colours and paint “plein air” (in the open air). However, this is not always possible so most of my pictures are produced in my studio.
born in Hamburg
1991 until 1998
completed graduate teacher training course at the Technical University and Academy for Fine Arts in Brunswick/Germany, and at the College of Higher Education in Bath/England.
Second State Examination (Final University Examination)
»Hamburgensien«, Galerie Levin, Buchholz
»At the Sea«, Galerie Levin, Buchholz
Pastel En Perigord/ Pastels Salon International Saint-Aulaye
Plein Air Symposium, Berlin Brandenburg
Group exhibition, Elbschlossresidenz, Hamburg
»Nocturne – When night comes«, Reepschlägerhaus, Wedel
Group exhiition at the »Elbschlossresidenz« Hamburg
Group exhibition in Hamurg: Maritime scenes
June to September 2013
Galerie Chaco, Zeise Halle, Hamburg-Ottensen
Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries London
Exhibition entitled »Hallig- und Inselwelten – Föhr, Amrum, Sylt sowie die Halligen« (The Hallig Islands and surrounding Islands – Föhr, Amrum, Sylt and the Hallig Islands) in Wyk auf Föhr/Germany.
Exhibition entitled »Im Land der Horizonte« (In the Country of Horizons) in Lüneburg/Germany.
Exhibition entitled »Ein Tag am Meer« (A Day by the Sea) in the Ralf Scherfose Gallery in Kassel/Gemany.
Exhibition entitled »Föhr – Zwischen Himmel und Meer« (Föhr – between the Sky and the Sea) in Wyk auf Föhr/Germany.
Participation as guest artist at an exhibition of the Northern German Realists entitled »Wenn es Abend wird…« (When Evening Comes …) at the art dealer’s St. Jürgen in Flensburg/Germany.
Exhibition entitled »Pastell & Meer« (Pastel & Sea) in Bardowick/Germany.
Exhibition from the series »NordLichter« (Northern Lights) in Bardowick/Germany.
Display of works with paintings from the series »NordLichter« (Northern Lights) in Hamburg/Germany.
in Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Netherlands, Great Britain and the USA
2015 Pastel 100 competition; Honarable mention
2013 Daler & Rowney Award, Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2013 Bronze Medal Award Pastel Journal
»Pastel 100 Bronze Award«
Pastel Journal, March 2013
»Home at Sea«,
Pastel Journal, August 2011
Interview in the pastelscribbler, newsletter of the Pastel Guild of Europe, February 2011
»Faszination Pastellmalerei« (Fascination Pastel Painting)
boesner TV, 2010
»Nordische Landschaften« (Northern Landscapes)
Künstlerportait bei boesner TV, 2010
»À Decouvrir 13 pastellites internationaux« (Discovering 13 international pastel artists)
Pratique Des Art, Nr. 91/2010
»Pastell im Licht des Nordens« (Pastel in the Light of the North)
Artist’s Portrait in the journal »Palette«, May 2009
»Im Bann der Kreiden« (Charmed by Crayons)
Article in the magazine »Art & Graphic«, December 2007
»Malen mit leuchtenden Pigmenten – Faszination Pastellmalerei« (Painting with illuminating Pigments – Fascinating Pastel Painting)
Article in the magazine »Art & Graphic«, September 2006