A PERSONAL STATEMENT
The raison d’etre for my floral and landscape paintings can be traced directly to the influences that surrounded my early childhood. Born and raised in a small town in Austria near forests, glens and mountains, I was constantly seeking out the many varied kinds of floral beauty which is ever present in this land. During the summer months, in a high mountain lake enclosure, my siblings and I would make daylong forays into the forested areas solely to see what kinds of flowers we could encounter. A difficult find, but a most sought after one, was the edelweiss. This was so because one had to climb up the side of a mountain to see them growing as an outcropping in the rocks. This would become the trophy of the day! Another favored sight was the Christrose, commonly called the Schneerose or snow rose, because it could be seen popping up out of the snow cover on the ground.
In school I was always fascinated with any instrument be it pen, pencil or crayon, that could make anything from a strait line to a complicated image. I really never understood at the time why I had this strong attraction for art supplies, never could make the connection between it and my love of nature.
It wasn’t until I came to the United States and married that the association was made. A casual remark by my husband, that I had a natural talent and propensity to draw and paint, made me realize that I ought to get going. A starter paint kit was purchased and that’s the beginning of the story.
My paintings capture the intensity and the very essence of my relationship to art. Floral images, from earliest childhood, have always remained the lynchpin that would lead me to further explorations for my artistic expressions. I have seriously attempted other avenues of expression, such as portraits and abstract painting, but personal satisfaction has always eluded me.
SELECTED ONE WOMAN SHOWS
Freeport Arts Center, Freeport, IL 2008
Die Wirtschaftskammer-Galerie, Vienna, Austria, 2002
Zurich-American, Schaumburg, IL, 2001
Arlington Green Executive Center, Arlington Heights, IL 2001
Zurich Insurance Company, Zurich, Switzerland, 2000
Northern Trust O'Hare, Chicago, IL 2000 NICOR Corporate Gallery, Naperville, IL, 2000
Schloss Kammer, Attersee, Upper Austria, Austria, 1996, 1999, 2005
University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine, 1999
'Das Ronacher', Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, 1997
Stadtische Galerie, Linz, Austria 1995
Kaiservilla, Bad Ischl, Austria, 1994
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
Rockford Midwestern Biennial, Rockford Art Museum, 2008, 2010
Freeport Arts Center, Freeport, IL 2000, 2003, 2009, 2010
Unilever Corporate Gallery, Rolling Meadows, IL, 2000, 2002
Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL, "Flora: The Beauty of Botanicals in Art", 2003
Awards & Recognitions
HONORS AND AWARDS Permanent Collection, Embassy of Austria, Washington, D.C., 2011
Best of Show, Starline Gallery, Harvard, IL 2015
Individual Artist Award, Mayor's Arts Awards, Coronado Theater, Rockford, IL 2007
YWCA Blanche Ellis Starr Award for Leadership in the Arts, Rockford, IL 2006
Featured in The Artist's Magazine, September, 2000.
Artist for the years 2001, 2002 and 2005 Easter Seals Campaigns.
Finalist in the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., Illinois Chapter Millennium 2000 Show.