Beauty in Reflections of Traditional Adherence
to be a painter," explains Gerhard, "then it is something you just have to do." The son of a pharmacist, Gerhard was the eldest of four children. Born on a cold day in February, in 1938, in Ludwigshafen/rhein, Germany, Gerhard and his family moved to Offenbach when he was merely two years old. With his father opening his own pharmacy, it was his intention that it would be a family run business and that eventually Gerhard would follow in his footsteps. Gerhard, however, felt a different calling. "I was drawing since my childhood," he interjects, "and I knew I was going to disappoint him. I just had to be creative. I came by it naturally as my grandfather was a lithographer. There was also a professional artist, Adolf Bode, who had his studio in the same neighbourhood as my grandparents and I would watch him paint the flowers of his garden all day long. It was my first experience watching an artist and it captivated my imagination." Bode was an inspirational teacher.
previous spread, Interior, oil on canvas, 9.5" x 12" above, Houses on the Lake, oil on canvas, 16" x 27.5" right, Rothenburg, oil on canvas, 27.5" x 20"