Hannelore Fischer was born in Stuttgart, Germany as the youngest of four. Early on she experimented creatively with strips of colored paper, plaster and paint, creating collages and star bursts. In the early 70’s she moved to Munich where she began a dual art career, as a graphic artist and a fine artist. She worked and exhibited with “Guppe J’73” under the guidance of Fritz Baumgartner, an illustrious Austrian Modernist artist of the post Bauhaus Era. She showed etchings, watercolor paintings and pencil drawings in their cooperative gallery.
In 1978 she emigrated to the USA and continued working both as a graphic designer and fine artist. She began her formal fine art training at the Sacramento City College in 1987 focusing on ceramics, printmaking and painting. She moved on to the UC Davis Art Department in 1994 where she studied painting under Wayne Thiebaud and Mike Henderson, and mural painting with Malaquias Montoya. Her murals can be seen in Vacaville, Sacramento, Woodland, Oakland and Vallejo, CA. She earned her BFA from the UC Davis Art Department in 1998 with highest honors.
Her love of Eastern Philosophy and her interest in world cultures brought her to the Fine Art masters program in Arts & Consciousness at the Art Annex of John F. Kennedy University in the Bay Area. She engaged deeply with Transformative art practice which she uses to create a shift in the way she views and experiences the world. Hannelore graduated in 2004 with an MFA in Art Studio with focus on abstract painting.
Following her aptitude for teaching, Hannelore authored a series of ten workshops for beginning and established artists alike for personal and artistic growth and exploration. She taught these “Art & Soul Journeys” from 2003 to 2007 out of her studio in Oakland, and with the Alameda Arts Center. From 2005 to 2006 she taught three Art and Design classes at the Napa Valley Community College including Digital Image Manipulation, Beginning Design and Digital Painting. In her self-directed video documentary “Walks In Nature” she features the development of one of her larger paintings “Both Worlds” in six stages. She presents her transformative painting process and what inspires her. The 10-minute video provides insight into her intuitive, visionary and explorative approach to her work and how captured nature images translate into abstract paintings.
Recently Hannelore has exhibited her work in California, the Bay Area, Oregon, Washington and Arizona. She currently lives and works in the Sierra Foothills where she creates new work. She is a member of Yosemite Western Artists, the Mariposa Arts Council, the Sierra Artists Gallery and Arts Benicia. Her visionary paintings in vivid color and bold texture continue to capture her audience. Her work is meant to celebrate life, inspire and engage the viewer into dialog with the painting.
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