I am deeply honored because this awards is given by some of the best pastel painters around, whose work I admire. Juror Liz Haywood- Sullivan remarks, the painting »has captured perfectly a windswept coastline, with beautiful subtle values and a supporting composition.«
The March/April issue of the Pastel Journal is featuring all winners and the editor Sarah Strikely again has done an interview with me. Covering five pages further works of my are shown and in the article you get a pretty good insight about my development in the past two years.
I have taken this award as an opportunity for a new video shooting which gives insight in my work as a pastel artist. We went to the port of Hamburg, the Northfriesien island Sylt and of course you can watch me as I work in my studio.
I have added this winning pastel painting in the video and the camera shows many details.
We have created an English version of the video for my international readers. I hope you enjoy it.
To all my readers a very happy new year and may the positive aspects of life be with you.
The past year went very well for me and I am looking forward to my new projects, ideas and journeys as they are lying ahead. Some of them will be quite exciting and I will post about them at given time. The winter months I spend with continuing to paint my seascapes from North Denmark/Skagen. As well, I can’t wait till the weather turns more pleasurable and my excursions at Hamburg Harbor are more fun.
Again I am already very busy and it has made me think how important it is to enjoy the moments. As an artist you live a life of constant artistic development and sometimes it might be easy not to be satisfied what your are doing. Probably you can compare this to sports. You want to be faster, higher. On one hand this is good, because no growth without effort. On the other side there lies danger: You might never be satisfied with your work and tend to live in the future. »When I have accomplished this, when I am capable of that…« After all these years living a creative life I know one thing for sure: It is impossible not to develop your artistic growth. If you put in the hours and keep going there will always be some kind of development. For me this means I can be much more relaxed and actually enjoy much more the moments. This doesn’t mean that I am constantly happy behind my easel. Even though I might not be satisfied with my painting I can endure this in a much more relaxed position and enjoy the little moments. Being grateful for the feeling to apply color or how some red turned out, even though the painting as a whole might be crap. To keep this is mind shall be my greatest new year resolution for 2013.
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.