I was born in a small village in Germany, Stadtoldendorf, in 1954, but lived there for only a short time. We moved to South Wales, where my father worked as a master shaft sinker, developing the coal industry in Wales. My father also instilled in me a great love of motorbikes as he took me for rides on his 500cc Triumph.
When I left school I too became a miner, and soon bought my own bike, an obsession that lasted a long time. But beneath the biker exterior, a mystic and artist waited to break through the mask created by outer circumstances, and at the age of thirty some bizarre mystical experiences changed my outlook on life, and its course.
I first started painting landscapes of the surroundings of my youth, as I lived on an isolated farm, but as I became more aware of my inner nature I began to paint the landscapes of the inner mind.
I have been meditating for many years and have had many spiritual experiences which are difficult to describe in words. Art is unique in its ability to pictorially describe the inner aspect of humanity which no camera can portray, and for which no words in our language exist – our language has only a few words to describe a potentially vast area of human influence which is encapsulated in a word – spirit and/or subconscious. Art is a language where spirituality can be expressed in a way that is not egocentric, but Theocentric, giving the viewer an experience which can be relevant to his own intuition.
I have been studying the Kabbalah for many years, and find it a useful tool to define the different levels of the mind. I like to use the Egyptian godforms to depict the energies which can be found and utilised by the mind. I have also used Celtic and Christian imagery which are closer to my heart and ancestral background.
My paintings offer more than a visual sensation, in that they work on the inner mind of the viewer, subtly introducing an inner frequency which is outwardly portrayed in a visual format through colour and symbolism. There is also a prophetic side to our work which comes through significant dreams. This will be a continuous influence in our work.
Harry and I were shown through dreams and meditations to set up Wendrich artHouse in order to display our artwork, including a section of prophetic paintings. This we did, as an act of faith, as we have been used to following inner guidance for our life decisions since dreams and intuitions led us to marry in 1999. In the setting up of this site, I realised that a paragraph or two in an About Us section could say little about the spiritual experiences and communications which brought our work into being, particularly in regard to the prophetic work which we believe will open out at some future point, so Harry and I put together the story of how our spiritual journeys led to this work in the book 'About Us' - available as a free download from the homepage, or as a paperback in the gallery shop. My sole desire in my life is to do the will of God, and I believe I could and will spend this lifetime coming closer to the understanding of that Perfect Will simply through continually applying the counsel to love God and to love others. This, to me, is the key to a fulfilled life.