The strength of these paintings
by Ursula E. Rettich lie in their careful balance of realism
and abstraction and their unique synthesis of form and color.
Her deep connection to nature is evident; many objects appear
organic and even her abstracts have a sense of movement.
Her intricate layering of objective and subjective meaning
reflects the intense wonder that she associates with the
landscape. Inspired by her early years living on the remote
Island of Sylt in the North Sea, the region set the mood
of tranquility, isolation and mystery that permeates her
works. Her often vibrant palette of vivid turquoise, keen
purples and brilliant reds contributes to the overall sense
of passion she captures in her emotional representations.
Born and raised in Germany, Rettich worked
in Switzerland before immigrating to Cassiar, British Columbia,
Canada. She moved to Kaslo, B.C. in 1999 where she lives
at nature's doorstep in the Kootenay region. She has exhibited
extensively throughout Vancouver and the rest of B.C. since
1979, enjoying both public art and private gallery exposure
through solo and group exhibitions.