My early work was influenced by the French Impressionists who taught me to see light and color. Van Gogh and Gauguin were also among my favorites.
In 1990, I crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a small sailboat. For the journey I bought a Nikonos camera and I took my first underwater photographs when arriving in the Lesser Antilles. Back in Austria, I began painting what I had seen in the Caribbean.
In 1994, after 10 years as a physician in a hospital, I started my own practice as an internist. Later, inspired by what I had seen in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean, I returned to the university to study biology. While continuing to work as a physician, I specialized in freshwater and marine biology, receiving a doctoral degree for my research on the distribution and ecology of freshwater mussels in Carinthia.
This study and several visits to the lovely island of Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean, improved my knowledge of aquatic life. Gradually, ever greater numbers of plants and animals on land and in the sea became the subjects of my art.
I love colors and try to combine them in ways that allow them to play off and enhance one another. That’s just what the Impressionists did, but my style is different from theirs.
In my medical practice, I’ve arranged things so that I’m at the office only half a day, leaving ample time for painting, studying, and traveling. I am grateful for the life I lead and know that without the help and understanding of my lovely wife Heidi, so much of what I have accomplished in my life would have been impossible. I am indeed lucky to share life with a partner who shares my sense of beauty and love for the wonders of the world in which we live.