Artist Statement


"Spreading inspiration, light and happiness is the purpose of my work.

Since I was a child I loved creating artwork. Having been a professional artist for more than 25 years, I've been exhibiting and selling my artwork through solo and group exhibitions. I also work on commission basis for private buyers and companies. I am mostly self-taught and acquired my skills through experimenting and working intensively towards living my true passion.

All of the artwork is created in my home studio in Kreuth near Lake Tegernsee, an hour’s drive south of Munich.

My inspiration comes from my beautiful surroundings, books I read, travelling and a strong affinity for the sea and the ever-changing light. Most of my paintings are acrylics, but I also use mixed media such as sand, watercolors and pastels.


Art is a part of my soul, my passion and profession and I explore life through art. 

It is who I am and what I do. Every painting is a part of me. Every day spent in the studio is a new experience. My artwork is based on a gift, but even more on consistent work and dedication. I am very grateful for the opportunity to do what I love. To me, art is the celebration of creativity and individualism. Over the past few years I have been developing a new line of abstract landscapes with a more serene and calm feel to them. Light is always the strongest element in my work. Even though I usually start with a concept, at some point intuition takes over and I get absorbed in the moment, capturing the vibes. I also love the challenge of experimenting with new materials and ideas. 


I want to inspire people, touch their hearts and make them happy by looking at my paintings. 


Being authentic is a choice of how we want to live – a decision we have to make every day. 

It’s about making the choice to take part, be honest and let our true selves be seen." - Heidi Barnstorf





Born 1963 in Tegernsee (Bavaria, Germany)

Study of languages in Munich with a diploma as translator and interpreter in English and Spanish

Member of the art association Kulturvision


To enhance my skills I have attended several workshops – to mention a few:

  • Illustration of picture books, Bärbel Haas - Reichenhaller Akademie, Germany
  • Acrylic paint workshop, Gerhard Almbauer – Reichenhaller Akademie/Germany
  • „Schule der Phantasie“ – Art Academy, Munich/Germany
  • Several journeys for painting workshops, i. e. Tuscany (Italy), Valencia/Sevilla (Spain)
  • Watercolor workshops (Friederike Lauteren, Adolf Kroner)
  • Portrait workshops (charcoal, pencil) and a nude drawing class (red chalk and watercolor)

Participation in lots of group and solo exhibitions since 1993 in Germany, Austria and Italy

Presentation in international art fairs



Exhibitions (selection)

  • "The Art of Distancing" (2020) - group show, ZContemporary gallery, Hamburg, Germany
  • "Abstract Matters" - group show, ZContemporary gallery, Hamburg, Germany
  • Tre Laghi, Germany/Austria/Italy (2020) catalogue
  • 5. Irschenberger Art Exhibition, Irschenberg/Germany, (2019) (catalogue)
  • Warngauer Kunstmarkt, Warngau/Germany (2019)
  • Art Salzburg Contemporary, Salzburg/Austria (2019)
  • 70thArt Exhibition Tegernsee, Tegernsee/Germany (2019) (catalogue)
  • Kunstbörse, 15 Jahre Kulturvision, Holzkirchen/Germany (2019)
  • Padova Antiquaria, Padua/Italy (2019)
  • Tegernsee-Kaltern, Tegernseer Künstler, Caldaro/Italy (2018)
  • 69th Art Exhibition Tegernsee, Tegernsee/Germany (2018)
  • 4. Irschenberger Art Exhibition, Irschenberg/Germany (2017) (catalogue)
  • Horizons, Exhibition with Bernd Ammer, Hospital Agatharied/Germany (2015)
  • GmundArt, Museum, Gmund/Germany (2015)
  • Trilogie im Malerwinkel, Rottach-Egern/Germany (2014) (catalogue)
  • Tre Laghi, Tegernsee, Achensee, Gardasee (2012/13) (catalogue)





"Beyond Reason"

Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 cm

"Rising above"

Mixed media on canvas, 60 x 60 cm

"Winds of Change II"

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 cm

"Coming Home"

Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 cm

"Breaking Dawn"

Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 80 cm

"Winds of Change I"

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 cm