I was granted six years as a student of Werner Schmal - from 1995 until his death in late 2000 - where I first learned about the ideas of the German art movement "Expressive Realism" and Stuttgart's Neue Sezession and I reacted with my impetuous and intuitive way of painting. It was the time I freed myself from pure realism, putting color and expression in a higher rank than a life-like capture.
Later I left this path to explore completely new techniques and topics, and also because I had obviously lost the inner contact with this style of painting. The bond was still fragile. It was until now in 2015 where I realized how much the ways of the Expressive Realism correspond to me. Meanwhile, consolidated and matured, I now feel able to accept this Lehmann-Schmal-heritage and to fill it with my own life.