I always had the desire to become an artist, even at an early age growing up in postwar Germany. My first grade teacher recognized my talent and encouraged me to keep painting as long as I enjoyed it. At the age of 14, my dream was to move to Munich or Paris to paint. My parents strongly suggested, in order to make a living and support myself, to start an apprenticeship and become a toolmaker first. My next 40 some years were absorbed by life, including being drafted into the German Air Force, college, plastic injection molding and family, which included raising a child. My only formal training consists of a course in commercial art, Illustration & Design, with the famous Artist School International, Inc. I never lost interest in art, especially in painting. In 2005 I picked up brushes, paint and canvas and began to paint again. I prefer to paint in oil, because it’s a very easy, workable medium and it gives me unlimited shades of color.
From downtown, take S Main St to Pendleton St. Turn right onto Pendleton St and continue approximately 1 mile into the Village of West Greenville. Turn left onto Draper St, then right onto Abney. Drive through the gate of the historic Brandon Mill. The Greenville Center for Creative Arts is located in the center of the Mill complex. Enter
through the main entrance and studio 12 is on the first floor.