I was born in Vienna and already liked to draw as a teenager, preferably during school lessons, not exactly to the delight of my teachers.
I never went to art school, so I count myself among the so-called self-taught artists. Depression and panic attacks were already part of my life at the age of 21. No matter what I tried, they stubbornly stayed by my side.
I started painting with acrylics around the age of 30 and mostly creates works depicting women from a very worldly point of view.
2010 was the turning point in my life. My panic attacks were at their peak and there wasn't much reason for me to move on. In desperation I cried out to God, "If you are real, please come, I need you!"
He came, healed, gave new life!
I stopped painting because my pictures were no longer compatible with my "new life". I spent the first 10 years studying the Bible. I knew nothing about God and had a lot of catching up to do. I learned to hear his voice, to trust him, and to follow him. God restored me completely and completely healed me from depression and panic attacks.
My son fell ill with Crohn's disease in 2019. All the medication he was given only worked for a short time. One of the worst situations in a mother's life is when her child is terminally ill, writhing in pain every day, with no relief in sight. But we knew and confessed:"
through his stripes we have been healed". (Isaiah 53.4-5) God also completely healed my son, he is drug free and blessed with a huge appetite.
When God spoke to me to pick up the paintbrush again, I followed His call. Now that I know my worth in Christ, I can also paint the worth and beauty of others. Now I paint for his honor, let him inspire me, guide me and see the world through his eyes.
One of the main characteristics of my paintings is to make them look "old". It often takes me a long time to prepare the canvas with tissue paper, structure paste and glue. Only when she has reached a certain "shabby style" does the actual painting begin.
I hope that many people will recognize themselves in my pictures and find out what they were created for. To live with God.
The Art of Sark