“Colour is a power which directly influences the soul”
(Wassily Kandinsky)

My inspiration – it`s all about colour

My art is all about colour. 

I’m fascinated by colour’s sensuality – freedom and sensuality matter to me.
I work quickly and intuitively to make my abstract-expressive paintings. It’s about energy and harmony, excitement and calm, decisiveness and ease. I aim for a bold, positive feeling to nourish and inspire you. 

There’s also ambiguity. I want to you to have the freedom of discovery, to view an image over and over and find something new each time. 

When I first started painting it was out of sheer necessity – an escape from the demands of professional life. I needed to create a complementary world to my then professional world as a consultant in the industry.
Placing colour onto canvas was an act of freedom and tenderness.

I’m a traveller by nature, especially attracted to deserts. A desert is uncultivated – it doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not. It’s not useful. It’s free to just ‘be’. It can be wild, ugly, beautiful, boring, soothing – just being itself.

That’s exactly what I value in the act of painting. What happens, happens. And that’s fine. It’s of value in and of itself.

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”
(Pablo Picasso)


A German native, Gerrit Oppelland-Hampel currently resides with her husband Peter and their feline friend Princess Miez in Germany and Spain. An artist with over 20 years of experience and former leadership coach, Gerrit is known for her colourful and vivid abstract expressionist style acrylic paintings. Since she lives in Spain her colours have become even more lively and mirror the colours of the South. Gerrit has exhibited her art in Germany, Spain and the U.S.A. Her art is to be seen in Gallery van Gerstel, Marbella; Saphira &Ventura, New York City and at Saatchi Art as well in her studio in Bonn and Marbella. A source for her art are also the many exotic places she has travelled including Ladakh, the Silk Road, Namibia, Greenland, Western China and Bhutan and of course Andalusia!

Death Valley

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