I love contemporary art, and I love to experiment with and combine different media while maintaining a playful way of doing things. Taking inspiration from numerous travels, as well as from everyday life, objects, photos or printed material, my works can remain close to the original but often stray quite far.

Another great source of inspiration are the many exhibitions and art fairs that I have visited on a regular basis for many years.

At the same time, I was lucky enough to study with competent teachers who freely shared their knowledge and skills with me – from the selection of materials for the different techniques to color theory, pictorial composition and so much more.

I like to work in larger or smaller series. I work on a specific topic (e.g. ‘Hope’, ‘No Paradise’), try new painting techniques (‘Kaiserstuhl’, ‘Divers’, ‘Something Deep Inside’), play with colors (‘Color Studies’, ‘Left Overs’, ‘Oil Paint Monoprints’), or with variations of the same motif (‘Giants at Play’). Sometimes, I simply work according to rules that I set myself, such as producing a painting or drawing every day (‘Portrait Studies’, ‘Alphabeth of Intimacy’, ‘Daily Sketches’). For me, working in series is a good way of learning and becoming more deeply involved with myself and my art.

I have written exposés for some of these series that roughly explain what I had in mind. You will also find more photos of works belonging to these series. The pdfs are available for download below.


  2024 I Look at You Series
  2024 Oil Paint Monoprints
  2023 Kaiserstuhl Series
  2023 No Paradise Series
  2022 Hope Series
  2020 - 2022 Lab Notes 01 and 02
  2020 Something Deep Inside
  2020 Forest Series
  2020 Cubes - Japan Series
  2021 Daily Sketches Project
  2019 Sumo Series
  2019 Devils Claw Series
  2019 A Short Story - Artist Book
  2009 under the snow line - Artist Book

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Vita

Exhibitions

2024
Participation "Spuren der Zeit", Dreiländermuseum Loerrach, Germany.

2024
Participation "Mail Art", Markgräfler Museum Muellheim, Germany.

2023
Participation "Kreativität ist frei sein", Markgräfler Museum Muellheim, Germany.

2023
Participation Winter Exhibition Art Associations Lörrach, Schopfheim, and Weil am Rhein, Germany.

2020
Participation Ateliertage Sulzburg, Sulzburg, Germany.

2020
Solo-Exhibition "Something Deep Inside": Paintings, Drawings, Artist Books, Freiburg, Germany.

2019
Exhibition "Traces": Drawings, Paintings, Prints (together with Helen Boyd), Hong Kong, China.

2018
Participation Ateliertage Sulzburg, Sulzburg, Germany.

2010
Participation "Seite um Seite", Forum Künstlerbuch Basel, at Galerie Zimmermannhaus, Brugg, Switzerland.

Works in private art collections

since 2010
Basel (Switzerland), Berlin (Germany), Duesseldorf (Germany), Freiburg (Germany), Hamburg (Germany), Hong Kong (China), Minneapolis (MN, U.S.A), Müllheim (Germany), New York (NY, U.S.A), Sao Paolo (Brazil), Vancouver (Canada), Wien (Austria), Zurich (Switzerland).

Education (art-related)

2023 and 2024
Akademie der Bildenden Künste (Academy of the Fine Arts) Kolbermoor, Germany: Summer Academy with Prof. Markus Lüpertz, Berlin, Germany.

2023
Black Pond Studio, Rehobot, MA, U.S.A.: Several seminars with Jennifer Pochinski, BFA, Providence, RI, U.S.A.

2022
Akademie der Bildenden Künste (Academy of the Fine Arts) Kolbermoor, Germany: Advanced Seminar Drawing and Painting, with Felix Eckardt, Hamburg, Germany.

2021 - 2023
Freie Kunstakademie Augsburg, Germany, and Kunstfabrik Wien, Austria: Several seminars with Mag. Bogdan Pascu, Vienna, Austria.

2021 - 2023
Weekly evening classes (online) with Felix Eckardt, Hamburg, Germany.

2021 - 2022
Akademie der Bildenden Künste (Academy of the Fine Arts) Kolbermoor, Germany: One-year study programme Drawing and Painting, with Felix Eckardt, Hamburg, Germany.

2019
Kunstakademie Allgäu, Germany: Grossformatige Malerei (Large Scale Painting), with Dagmar Wassong, Trier, Germany.

2018 and 2019
International Summer Academy of Fine Arts Venice, Italy: Severyl Painting Masterclasses, with Wolf Werdigier, Vienna, Austria, and Virginie Bailly, Brussels, Belgium.

2018
Landscapes Summer Course, with Johannes Buchholz, Berlin and Essen, Germany.

2018
Art Students League, New York, U.S.A.: Painting, Composition, Color: class of Margret McCann, New York, U.S.A., and Expressive Watercolor: class of Elizabeth Allison, New York, U.S.A.

2017 - 2021
School of Applied Arts / Schule fuer Gestaltung, SfG, Basel, Switzerland: Drawing Experiments: class of Esther Hiepler, Basel; Experimental Pictorial Processes: class of Simone Berger, Liestal; Elementary Colour: class of Liliane Steiner, Basel; Clay Portrait Studies, Wood Sculpture with Ellen Baumbusch, Sulzburg, Germany; Stone Sculpture with Sebastian Probst, Cologne, Germany.

2009
School of Applied Arts / Schule fuer Gestaltung, SfG, Basel, Switzerland: Relief printing, toner transfer, experimental printing: class of Krassimira Drenska Wirz, Basel, SfG.

1998 - 2021
Regular evening classes, mostly at School of Applied Arts / Schule fuer Gestaltung, SfG, Basel, Switzerland: Drawing, Nude drawing, Oil Painting, Photography, Etching, Engraving, Serigraphy.

Since 1995
Intensive interest in painting and art history.

Curriculum vitae (Selection)

Since 2023
Regular member of Verein Bildende Kunst (Visual Arts Association), Loerrach, Germany.

Since 2022
Regular member of Kunstverein (Art Association), Weil am Rhein, Germany.

Since 2018
Working freelance in my own studio.

2014-2022
Swiss International Law School (SiLS) Co-Founder (2014), Educational director (2014-2017), CEO (2017-2018), Chair of SiLS Association (2018-2022).

2007-2010
Master studies at the University of Central Lancashire, graduation (MSc) with a qualitative study on the quality of the education at a private Swiss educational institution in 2011.

1985-2014
Psychotherapist and homoeopathic practitioner, teacher, and supervisor in Freiburg, Germany and Basel, Switzerland.


Numerous travels (India, Egypt, United States, Patagonia, Japan, Hong Kong, Bhutan, Thailand, New Zealand, Cameroon, Fidji, Tonga, Bali, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Australia, Guatemala, Mexico, Seychelles, Iceland, and others).

1956
Born in Rockenhausen, Germany. Married.