Watercolor is my favorite medium. I alternate between representational rendered paintings (mainly landscapes) and abstracts on watercolor paper but have also worked with acrylic on canvas and paper. Sometimes it takes me longer to finish an abstract painting, because I find the possibilities seemingly endless.
Heike was born and raised in Germany. While being a bank apprentice she attended evening classes and earned her certificate as a Business Correspondent in the English language. After relocating to N.C. she took a continuing education course in watercolor painting sponsored by the then Fayetteville Technical Institute over a period of two years. She has taken various workshops in watercolor as well as in acrylic and ink while living in Huntsville, AL with her husband.
Workshops taken with Gerald Brommer, Pat Dews, Marilyn Hughey Phillis, Iain Stewart, Joan Fullerton, Barbara Nechis, Judi Betts, Lian Quan Zhen, and Don Andrews to name a few.
She is a Signature Platinum Member of the Watercolor Society of Alabama. Her paintings have been juried into numerous statewide and national exhibitions. She was awarded the M. Graham Professional Watercolor Award for her painting “Squared Away” during the 70th Annual National Watercolor Society of Alabama Exhibition. Her painting Letting Go received the Louisiana Watercolor Society Award during the 77th WSA National Exhibition. In 2016 one of her paintings was accepted into the juried 46th Annual International Exhibition of the Louisiana Watercolor Society.
Heike serves as WSA Membership Chair/Director since 2009.
Memberships currently with:
Watercolor Society of Alabama, American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society. Louisiana Watercolor Society, Kentucky Watercolor Society, and the Huntsville Art League.
Members’ Gallery at watercolorsocietyofal.org and Artists’ Gallery at huntsvilleartleague.org.