‘Delight is incomplete till it is expressed’ C.S. Lewis
I’m a figurative painter from Europe who recently moved to Arizona. I am fascinated by the people, stories and landscapes of this diverse state, and I want to share my explorations with the world.
My currently favorite medium is oil. I have always been intrigued by capturing the human face, character, pose, and interaction between people. I love combining my models with surroundings that match the mood I want to express, and designing the desired compositions freely. Luckily I have an abundant range of impressions to choose from: either in my beautiful current environment, the mountains and plains of central Arizona, or from my former homes in Europe, Asia, and other states in the US the military had planted us. I am most happy when I’m surrounded by nature. My interest in all things living is mirrored in portraits of pets and critters as well as plein air and studio landscape paintings. 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.