As an artist, Roswitha Kress began her love of drawing early on while growing up in Bamberg, Germany, where art classes consisted of going into the ancient cathedrals and palaces to copy the sculptures, murals and paintings found everywhere. Nature, too, provided ample opportunities to sketch and draw: the neighbors’ goats, chickens and cats all filled the pages of her sketchbook. To become an artist was a dream that followed her through the years of raising a family, moves from Germany to the East Coast, the Midwest and ultimately to Walnut Creek.
A resident of Walnut Creek since 1974, Roswitha studied figure painting and landscape painting with well-known Bay Area artists as well as teachers of national importance (Earl Pierce, Richard McDaniel, Mark Eanes, Hope Stevenson, Warren Dreher, Kim Lordier and Clark Mitchell).
“At present my work is focused on the human figure and the local landscape. As a plein-air painter my approach to nature is intuitive, not pre-conceived, but a spontaneous reaction to what I see and feel at that particular moment in time”.