About my Work

As a painter, I observe and record my surroundings as a way to connect to the urban spaces I move through. While being an observer may engender feelings of  estrangement, it allows me to focus on a moment in time when a certain light or spot of color catches my attention. I am drawn to the seemingly unremarkable areas of a city - construction sites, back alleys, apartment blocks, and empty street corners, as their unfinished states of impermanence and loss seem to mirror my own development as an artist. Here, patterns of light and shadow, and above all color, engage my attention and become my subject matter, taking on meaning during the painting process. My paintings develop in layers from thin washes to areas with thicker paint.  What is left unworked is as important as areas where brushwork defines form. I am looking for the moment when everything comes together to capture what I have seen and felt about a particular space, into a memorable image. I see my paintings of urban landscapes and the objects that fill them as portraits of spaces I’ve experienced perhaps only fleetingly, but that have nonetheless left me with strong impressions of vitality.


Reflections on the painting process


My current activities

About me

After having lived in Italy for many years where I held art classes for children and adults in my studio and painted the local scenes of my adopted home, I then moved back to the US where I taught art in a large urban public school system. Recently, I have made Berlin my new home. My need to document my changing environment grows stronger with every move. Learning about the dramatic urban challenges and transformations facing Berlin and its growing population goes hand in hand with my personal need to understand through my art, my place in this city.

© Schmoo Theune

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Schreinerstrasse 14 Berlin, Germany