Mountain High Mountain Low
Mountains have always been part of Gisa Mayer's life. Her life began in the spa town of Bad Reichenhall in Bavaria, Germany, only a few kilometres from Salzburg, Austria. But it was while growing up in the foothills just north of the Alps in the small city of Traunreut that she really came to appreciate the landscape through downhill skiing, ski touring and cross country skiing in the winter while hiking, climbing, sailing and wind surfing occupied her summer. Gisa always knew she was going to be an artist, she was surrounded by art, "Growing up half way between the great cultural cities of Munich and Salzburg I was also exposed to music, museums and theatre from a very young age," Gisa muses, "I suppose that it is only when you move away you really appreciate the calibre of concerts and festivals you attended, they were just part of your life. The same applies to the beauty of the landscapes you live in and I think the landscapes of your childhood stay with you all your life and inform your appreciation for your natural surroundings no matter where you end up on your journey." She also remembers that painting, sketching and photography have always been a part of her life. Inspired by the beauty which surrounded her she almost could not help but to try and capture it. Following her graduation from Gymnasium, the German equivalent to high school, she studied Art, Art History and Romance Languages in Regensburg, Germany, Trento, Italy and Salzburg, Austria. It was 1989 when she first travelled to
above, Dolomiti, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 24". The steep pinnacles of these mountains always keep me coming back to northern Italy. below, Water Series 1, acrylic on canvas, 12" x 20". A small stream making it's way around Moss & Lichen.