Myanmar Fishing Boat Series

When I travelled to Myanmar in end of January 2019, I was still hurting from the sale of my own boat in December. I had a deep passion and love for going out on the beautiful Pacific Ocean in the Northwest and enjoyed observing whales, dolphins and all the other animals that one can see in abundance here. The beauty of the coast made a deep impact on me.

When I started painting the boats and tall ships in the south of Burma, I was bit by bit able to heal from the deep sadness that I felt inside of me.

After four week trip I realized that I had found a new subject matter, that in odd way connected to my former more abstract shapes of the Instruments of a Lost Future. It became also obvious that this body of work will seamlessly fit in my never ending love affair with TIME and SPACE.

These boats look ages old, but could also sail the waters in a distant horrifying future.

This painting above is the first of six large watercolours. All in the same size, 44,5×60 inch. They will depict boats or other vehicles in an abstract space.

The watercolour below shows a Hpa-An gravel digging ship. It is painted on handmade Indian watercolour paper. 30x40inch.

Hpa-AN, M
New Territories 4 – 22x30inch/56x76cm
New Territories 3 – 22x30inch/56x76cm

Another, smaller work in this series is the cargo-motorcycle below. There are a lot of interesting means of transportation in Myanmar. Perfect for my watercolours.

Cargo motorcycle. Watercolour
New Territories 7 – 11.8×15.7inch/30x40cm

Territorios 2019

AFTER A LIFE CHANGING EVENT ONE HAS TO RE-INVENT ONESELF. THE MOST RADICAL CHANGE IS TO GO AND VISIT NEW TERRITORY. THERE, IN THE UNKNOWN, THE UNFAMILIAR, IT IS THAT ONE CAN REFINE AND REDIRECT TO THE UNIVERSAL PATH ONE HAS TO GO.

MYANMAR

In Myanmar I traveled four weeks January/February 2019. This trip was a very intense, life changing experience. Many things reminded me of Brazil, but many things were also very different.

In Myanmar I started to expand into new territory. When I came to Brazil in 1994 the first time, it was also an exciting new experience. The whole 7 weeks were very emotional for me and facing a large City like São Paulo, being often alone, was frightening and exhilarating at the same time.

This same happened to me in Myanmar. Some of the regions my travel companion and fellow artist Lisa Haselbek and I visited, had just opened 5 years ago to tourism. One could feel the curiosity of the people around us and the vibe of a country starting out, The friendliness and warmth reminded me of Brazil, as well as the contrast between rich and poor.

During this trip I filled two big sketchbooks with watercolours. Watercolour became the medium of choice for me and will it be most likely for a long time to come.

Expanding – Increasing – Sharing – Caring.

Being curious – Being respectful – Inviting with a smile the approach of people – Being grateful.

When I travel, this is how I interact. When I am painting, sitting at a corner or in a landscape, this is what I keep in mind. I realize, that I am carrying Canada and Germany with me wherever I go. That means that how I am interacting will shape the way everybody that crosses my path will see my two home countries.

New Territories

One always brings a lot of baggage on a new path. May it be concepts, knowledge or tools. Everything will enhance, but not stop the momentum into the new.


Myeik Fishing Boats
Myeik Fishing Boats – Watercolour on Fabriano Paper. 30x40inch, 102x76cm
New Territory
New Territory Watercolour on Arches Paper. , 20×28 inch. 50x70cm