Artist of the Month
Heike Gramckow (for November 2019)
Born and raised in Germany, Heike Gramckow moved to the Washington DC area in 1986. Heike painted from an early age, but began painting in earnest only until her late 50’s. After a successful career as lawyer, researcher and international justice reform expert that took her around the globe, she decided a more balanced, creative approach to life was needed. Since then she has painted with several well-known American artists, such as Seth Haverkamp, Glen Kessler, Diane Tessler, Jill Banks, Adrienne Wyman, and Patrick Kirwin. She has a law degree and Ph.D, from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and a certificate in World Art History from the Smithsonian Institute. Today she has studios in Arlington, VA and Hamburg, Germany.
Heike paints mostly landscapes and cityscapes in oil, gouache and pastels. She participates in regional, national and international art exhibitions, plein air competitions, and art fairs, is part of different art associations and has exhibited in solo and group shows in several galleries in the wider Washington DC area, Florida and Hamburg, Germany. Impressionists, especially Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt, and Max Liebermann, have long been her favorite painters. Their use of color, light and shadow, is what inspired her to try something similar in our times. Equally influential and shaping her style are more recent realism painters, especially Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth. As a result, her style is modern impressionism with a touch of realism.