Petra enjoys the bustle and commotion backstage, the riot of costumes... the reflection in mirrors. She indulges in her obsession to capture the human form in action. Her works transport the viewer into another world, sensuous, colourful parts of life. Petra's artworks are influenced by traveling and working in France and Italy, as well as impressionist artists like Toulouse Lautrec. Her passion for pattern and colours, as well as her love for everything vintage is recognizable in her artworks.
"Design is all about making things look beautiful, balanced in colour and form and I guess this does influence my art. For me art is all about feeling and enjoying what you paint, no matter if expressive or simply beautiful. I am impulsive and curious, I like to explore different subject matters, different techniques. I aim to capture the energy of people, who express themselves in life, I love the energy of circus life & old cinema".
Another series of artworks show an admiration and love for Australian nature. You can relate to her bold, contemporary, fresh nature paintings.
Petra is an accomplished & passionate printmaker, she works with various etching techniques, intaglio, aluminium etching, monoprint & collagraphs, incorporating papers (chine collee) into her works.
Petra is co founder of Gallery Cats Studios Sydney, a gallery and studio in Brookvale. She also co founded 'Art For Goats' (an Art Society, supporting Oxfam since 2006), as well as supporting 'The Hamlin Fistula Foundation' with recent art exhbitions. Her works are in private and corporate collections all around Europe, Australia and Asia.
Born and educated in Cologne, Germany, Petra originally trained in printed textile design. She lived and worked as a designer and artist in Germany, France and Italy before moving to Australia in 1996.