'Having grown up in close proximity to the Baltic Sea and thanks to my super-spirited parents, my three older brothers and I spent most of our youth sailing Scandinavia, something I now feel indelibly grateful for. It informed the many somewhat more abstracted seascapes that I have painted over the years. I have two sons; Keimpe (Ben) and Tjalle (Bo), they are 21 and 19 years old. Two busy young lads that most certainly make me so very proud of them for who they are. I was lucky enough to extensively travel the US many times and briefly lived in the States (N.C.), then spent 10 years in The Netherlands (Amsterdam) and of course about a third of my life in Germany where I was born and raised. Now we are based in New Zealand, a change I have never regretted. Due to all those movements, vistas and changed perspectives I was able to explore, I gained depth as a person and a broad range of experiences as painting visual artist. 'It takes courage to change the wallpaper!'
Karin has a design and a teaching degree, a strong background in illustration (Netherlands mostly, as part of the Dutch Club of Illustrators). She became a more serious painter about 12 years ago and has been teaching high school art since 2012. She loves tutoring life drawing classes and has done so for the last 6 years.
'I like to think I am a bit of a minimalist, I prefer to omit things and paint with a close eye on colours, on balance and a bit of quirk. I am also quite taken by water, the empty beaches of the New Zealand coastline and the raw, super - exciting elements. I am drawn to all that and sometimes seek to cement in my painted work (and my I-phone excursions, which you can now find on Instagram), how I find solace in solitude. Nothing excites me more than the wonders of this wonderful - at times - self-composed world. There is also 'Herb, the black-backed gull ' a project I'd love to expand on more one day. Herb was born out of a desire to depict my love of water and the ever-changing skies.'
Over the years Karin has been fascinated by the equally wonderful world of the more Gestural: Abstract Expressionism. Experimenting with inks, dyes, embossing, a bit of print-making here and there, and at times shellac alongside acrylic paint, bold moves adjacent to careful ones, colour explosions paired with vast empty spaces.