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Artist Portrait: Renate Hamer

Renate Hamer's works impress with their versatility. Her paintings range from realistic portraits to expressive, abstract motifs with intense colors and contain a variety of emotions, techniques and color schemes. In an interview, she reveals details about her time at the Private Art Academy and talks about hurdles that have to be mastered when it comes to the the profession of being an artist.

When did you first discover and realise, that painting is your passion?

During my school years, in the 5th or 6th grade.

What inspires you and do you experience periods of time in which you have difficulty finding inspiration? What do you do in these times?

In painting and through my art, I can express my feelings and process my thoughts. If I do not paint for a long time, I do need time to get back in the workflow again but sometimes a break from art is actually good for me.

Do you have a particular artist or an art movement that impress and influence you? Do you integrate specific artists, painting styles or ways of approaching the artistic process in your work?

During my first years at the private academy, we were taught various painting styles by different artists. During that time, I created many paintings with a whole range of different techniques.

How do you start your creative process, what feeling drives you in the beginning?

I start painting without an idea. I let go of everything and sometimes even I am surprised about the result.

With which colour medium do you prefer to work at the moment?

I currently work quite a lot with acrylic, quartz sand, collages etc.

Which technique has influenced you most in your creative process? With which technique do you feel most comfortable with in your current creative process and why?

I like the technique of the old masters because it requires a lot of skill. But