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.
»Rain shower« was done in autumn after we spent a week on one of my favourite islands Sylt. During that time we did a video shooting. It now is finally ready and can be seen onSaturday, the 23th of February here on my blog. We did parts in the port of Hamburg, on the Northfrisian island Sylt and of course in my studio. Come back tomorrow when I have further great news.
During my last trip to the Frisian islands at the coast of North Germany I rediscovered the combination of pencil/gouache sketches. These are primarily for exploring the shapes of clouds and different formats. Unfortunately after drying the values had always changed but these sketches are more about playing anyway.
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.