‘Delight is incomplete till it is expressed’ C.S. Lewis
I’m a figurative painter, my preferred media are oil and watercolor. I enjoy the patterns of brush strokes and the personal character expressed in loose implementations. At the same time I feel compelled to add the detail necessary to express my thought clearly. I’m on a continuous search for additional techniques to express my concepts. By stepping away from the strict mirroring and depicting, I strive to add depth and a new layer. As a smart man once said ‘We admire perfection, but fall in love with flaws’. Since the concept of beauty is highly individual, this gives me the opportunity to share a tiny facet of the specific beauty I experience. My inspiration is born both out of my appreciation for individuals and nature, as well as the wish to materialize concepts that grip me. As a Christian I believe that behind the beauties in everyday life wait the profound truths that humans can’t exist without.
1996 graduate Fine Art FOS Würzburg, Germany.
1998-2008 media designer and illustrator Frontsight GbR / A&W Group, freelance design (Gießen and Heidelberg, Germany). Regular publications in various magazines, published two comic magazines.
2008-2018: Tattoo artist in Heidelberg/Germany, Kansas City/MO, Seattle/WA, Tokyo/Japan and Prescott/Arizona. Shows in FRA/Germany, Seattle, Singapore, Bangkok, Thailand.
Exhibitions: 2018 – ‘Wild Wild West’, Mountain Artist Guild Prescott 2017 – ‘Fall for the Arts’, juried Show Prescott Valley Artist Guild 2017 – ‘America the beautiful’ Show Mountain Artist Guild Prescott 2017- Yavapai County Fair Art Show 2017 – ‘Naturally Wild’ Show Mountain Artist Guild Prescott 2017 -‘Holiday Show’ Mountain Artist Guild Prescott
Awards: 2017 – Best Of Show, Fall For the Arts, Prescott Valley Art Guild
Member of the following organizations: Oil Painters Of America National Portrait Society Mountain Artist Guild Prescott
Ans was born and raised in pretty Bavaria, Germany. She worked as an illustrator and media designer, layouting, creating company mascots and drawing comics. She exhibited her art and two comic collections at conventions throughout the country. Later she decided to face the challenge and transfer her designs to skin. She apprenticed as tattoo artist in a renowned shop in Heidelberg. In this quaint old town she also met her husband, an US Army officer stationed in Germany. They got married in Indiana and moved with the military from Germany to Missouri, then to Seattle. In Washington Ans fell in love with the mountains and the untouched wilderness. Their next stop took them to Tokyo, Japan, where Ans spent 2 1/2 years working in a Japanese studio and exploring the culture. Ans had a chance to organize cultural events with a Japanese friend and film maker and the legendary artist Horiyoshi III, summited Mount Fuji and learned martial arts. Also, very unexpectedly, she found herself called to be a Christian. Her faith brought a new focus point to her love and appreciation for both nature and fellow human beings, and with that, to her art. They came back to the US and settled in Prescott, Arizona. In this beautiful and laid back small town Ans now enjoys pouring her time and energy into canvas and paint.