Prehistoric Scotland inspires me to make art. For example, take the Ring of Brodgar in the impressive bare landscape of Orkney. Here I take early history in me with all my senses. I breathe it and I taste it. It is overwhelming; the hopes, fears and expectations of the earliest farmers who have erected these stones are in the air. As an artist, I have to paint this sensation. For me, that is the only way to share my experiences and to enable others to commit to these exceptional locations.


I mainly paint Neolithic monuments when it comes to prehistoric Scotland. That is explainable. During the oldest stone age Scotland lay under a thick layer of snow and ice. Occupation was not possible. The first residents arrived in the mesolithic. They were hunters and gatherers who penetrated as far as Orkney, but did not build anything in stone yet. They mainly left the remains of temporary camps behind. They are the first farmers to build spectacular stone circles and other monuments. The monuments from the Bronze and Iron Ages are also beautiful, but essentially different. The graves accommodate prominent individuals rather than groups of people and many monuments are defensive constructions.


Unfortunately I have not yet been able to view all Scottish locations with prehistoric remains. That is why I will certainly visit this country at least once. I hope to travel again through these astonishing landscapes soon. Until then, I continue to paint at home on my art about prehistoric Scotland.

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