Abaco Islands, Bahamas
There wasn't a time in my life that I didn't draw or paint. My mother always said that I doodled on my high chair.
I grew up in Hamburg, Germany during and after the war. Becoming a professional painter was my childhood dream. That was not considered a suitable profession for a young woman, so my parents advised me to study graphic design and reluctantly, I agreed. What I learned in art school about colour, shape, unity, balance, etc. still helps me make the hundreds of decisions that go into creating a painting.
I have traveled a lot and spent chapters of my life in Ohio, South Carolina and The Bahamas. Along the way, as a wife and mother, I participated in an evening class taught by Cincinnati watercolour painter Ray Loos. I was bitten by the bug immediately - and off I went. Among my admired teachers were watercolour greats such as Edgar Whitney and Rex Brandt. I have spent my life as a professional painter, always honing my skills, exhibiting, winning awards and teaching.
I now reside with my husband on one of the magical Abaco Islands of the Bahamas. Art is my life - I paint a lot and absolutely love being able to share what I know about this elusive medium with other artists and students. Teaching avenues include workshops, group and personal lessons, as well as on line and e-mail critiques.
Most of my subject matter is inspired by the colours and shapes of these islands I call home. The wide skies and strong purple shadows, old towns of wooden houses nestled within tropical flowers and palm trees - always surrounded by that stunning backdrop of transparent, turquoise ocean.
My love for "Aquarelle" has to do with my dislike for boredom. One can never second guess what happens when inspiration hits and you touch that brush loaded with watercolour paint to a piece of paper. What appears at first to be a mistake often ends up being the best part of the painting. I live for those happy accidents. Students and painters of other mediums call mine "unforgiving" and I laugh, because the challenge is a blessing to me.
You can indeed call me a watercolour addict. After scores of years, I am still not done learning. I am still challenged, surprised and always inspired by the possibility of expressing myself and discovering the essence of the subject matter with my 'watercolour shorthand'. Also visit watercolours.faso.com.
9" x 12"
Watercolourist, watercolor painting, fishing, tropics
boats, seascapes, bay, docks, sunset, sea star, island
Abaco Islands, Bahamas Artist