about wildlife painting

Every individual looks at surrounding nature with their own eyes. The more we open ourselves towards nature and the more we are up to meet with it with joy and amazement, the more we will see. Our emotional reaction to a soft and warm summer breeze on our faces or to the callings of a tree frog which is sitting hidden in a tree is truly personal. With our senses, we are finally left on our own. This happens to any painter who is working in the field and also to me. When I work outside I pick up the atmosphere: the play of colours and the smells.

A nature artist becomes part of the landscape and the habitat of the object which he would like to depict.

Besides the ability to apply painting techniques properly, the knowledge of animal behaviour and their diurnal rhythms is essential to the basic requirements of good nature and wildlife art. The real challenge for a nature artist is, however, to be able to co-ordinate eyes and hands in such a way that he can create a painting with one flowing movement. This applies to a hastily drawn sketch for which the artist sometimes just has some short moments, as well as to a more elaborated watercolour painted on site. Constant observation, exercise and the steady improvement of the process of creation will accompany me throughout my entire life. This process emanates from the eyes, is modified through perception and the current mood and is finally displayed on the paper through the work of my hands.

Sometimes it seems like a privilege to be able to connect my love for nature and my respect for the Creation of God with an activity like painting. At least, it is a unique gift. I am convinced that we all can open our hearts and feel the joy of being touched by the minute but ever-so-wonderful surprises of nature.

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