claudia
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The Early Years

 

Early in my career, I focused on science, studying biology, concluding my scientific career with a postdoctoral position. To realize our dream of a self-sufficient lifestyle, my husband and I purchased a 19th-century farmhouse in Bavaria. We taught ourselves the necessary skills and labored for more than 30 years to complete the extensive renovation. We learned about raising vegetables and children. In addition, I worked in a variety of positions including content manager and web designer.

 

Beginnings of my Artistic Exploration

 

In my spare time, I took my first art class in nude portraiture. From then on, I continued to attend courses and improve my painting skills. Beginning with acrylic, then transitioning to oil on canvas, my formats grew larger with each painting. My topics focused on humans and nature. Being surrounded by the natural and spiritual beauty of the Bavarian countryside and European landscapes has been a source of inspiration for my art.

 

The Painting Process

 

When I find a natural place that captures my imagination, I snap a photo. Back at home, I use Photoshop to create a collage with the landscape as a background and add, inspirited by feelings evoked by the landscape a figure and other objects I consider important for this painting. Finally, I transfer the photo to a painting, allowing my subconscious to enhance the scene in a way that Photoshop cannot.