Brigitte von Ahn

German artist Brigitte von Ahn came to the United States in 1990. Together with her husband, journalist and retired news anchor Gary Warner, she has made El Paso, Texas, her home since then. The harsh desert landscape with all its surprising colors and elements is the main inspiration for her abstractions. Additionally fantasy guides her to paint thoughts and impressions. In the past von Ahn mainly used water media for her abstract paintings. However, in 1997 a German friend introduced her to the encaustic medium. This ancient medium is known to be first used by the Greeks and Egyptians, and it is painting with bees wax. Over the years Brigitte has had numerous one-woman shows, participated in many group exhibits and won awards. She is a past-president (2001) of the El Paso Art Association and a charter and signature member of the Pastel Society of El Paso. She was also invited to join the National League of American Pen Women and gained national and international recognition. Brigitte von Ahn is continuously exploring new ways how to make this flowing medium work for her. Her painting surfaces are different papers, canvas and include collages with oriental and handmade papers. Her work is also shown at La Galerie B & B in Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada.

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