Moun­tain High Moun­tain Low

Arabella - - JILL LOUISE CAMPBELL - Writ­ten by Brett An­ning­son

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.

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