To my strong, courageous and loving Wolfram,


Sleep well my precious one. You gave all you could give and then even more. Without you I would not have become me. Thank you.


                                                                                                                                                                   

Visual artists are often influenced by music.  Music is an important part of my art practice.  An absolute must.  I have a long list of musical selections. for my creative process.   Everything from Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Bruce Springsteen, Kris Kristophson, Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, Yo-Yo Ma, the Beatles, Miles Davis, Diana Krall, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Leonard Cohen, k.d. Lang, Ella Fitzgerald,  Henry Small,  Kiri Te Kanawa, Guy Davis, Debussy, Brahms and Tchaikovsky.   I also include film scores: Bridges of Madison County, The English Patient, Schindler's List, Beaches,  The Piano,  And the list goes on.  And on. 

                                                                            

In the mornings when I arrive in my studio i I select music to work with during the day.  The rhythm, the beat, the length of the note in my musical selections for the day become an emotional connection which directly translates into the brushstrokes of the paint that I transfer to  my canvases.  I need music to paint.  

                                                                            

The magical part of painting with music traversing through my brain,  my body, flowing through  my arms,  my hands, my fingers clutching the brush that is dipping and smearing the  paint onto the canvas in time to the beat, the rhythm, is that time disappears and I become one with the canvas.   I work the paint, gathering colours suspended in pigments, totally in tune to what I  hearing and what I see.  I become whole and satisfied. And the beat goes on.