I grew up in the tyrolean alps, maybe thats one reason I have a soul-deep affinity and love for nature.

After training as a professional Graphic Designer (hire me here) I kind of got stuck in Vienna, Austria’s Capital. Amid concrete, noise and people I notice how keenly I miss nature, and how irreplaceable nature is for human health, physical and spiritual. Without nature, animals and the quiet I can literally feel my soul fading.
I studied Agricultural Sciences (BSc) on top of my design profession, and my heart beats for regenerative, small-scale permaculture approaches. Just to add something else seemingly different I am also a certified RYS200 Hatha Yoga Teacher …

The bottom-line of all my creative work is my need to keep my soul alive – by reconnecting and appreciating nature, and arts and colors as means of expression.

 

Artist’s Statement

Nature’s diverse fauna inspires me. Especially when I see an animal that looks somewhat weird or appealing I itch to draw it. Because of obvious differences, we humans tend to focus on the strangeness between animals and us. Yet I am fascinated by what connects us as soulful beings.
Eyes are the windows to the soul and therefore hold an unparalleled fascination for me.
Details such as light reflected in the eyes, skin textures or knobby ears enthrall me. There’s a lot of magic easily overlooked because we are moving so fast or are ‘used’ to it.
My depicted animals often look directly at the viewer, which is a suble way of showing each individuals personality.
We get their full attention and that makes us take a fresh look and slow down.
I aspire that my drawings bring forth the soul of nature’s creation to touch the primal part in us that is also very much nature’s creation.

I strongly feel that each of us, you and me, have an obligation to take our wellbeing in our own hands. This includes how we individually treat our planet, our fellow tribe and ourselves. It is a lot of work, but it’s worth it. Self-respect and Selfcare translates into respect and appreciation for nature and creatures, as we understand that we are all connected.

Although being very versatile in technique and medium I preferably work with black ballpoint pen on paper. The pen gives me the opportunity to work very precisely and my lines stay where they are. The ballpoint pen of course is also a challenge in and of itself: to not being able to undo any potential mistake. So, like in life, I have to work with what I’ve got and make the better of it, which teaches me a lot of acceptance and flexibility of mind. On top of that, it pleases my perfectionist tendencies while curing them at the same time.