Portrait #5, 36x36, 2018

My paintings are figurative abstractions of either the human form or a specific place. I work from my own source material: photographs, sketches and plein air renderings of things I see on my travels. I translate this material into oil paintings over the course of many months in my studio. During the painting process the original object becomes obscured and less important, allowing something new and separate to emerge. The final painting is a record of my relationship to the process of painting itself, and marks the moment where subject becomes object and is ready for connection with the viewer.

Originally from Germany with a background in architecture and art, I have been painting in San Francisco since 2006.
My work is part of public and private collections internationally and has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Atlanta, in addition to San Francisco.

Please email me if you would like to visit the studio or for any other inquiries.

Many of my larger paintings are available through the SF MOMA artists gallery at Fort Mason, please contact them to schedule a visit.

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