Born in Hannover, Germany, Clea von Döhren discovered the arts at a young age, collecting pages from the monthly journal of art and literature her mother subscribed to. That journal, a fusion of written words and images, was a glimpse of the future. Now the author of three books—two collections of poems and one of short stories—as well as an internationally exhibiting artist, Clea weaves her work together with elements of Zen meditation, psychology, and ethnology. Though she occasionally sculpts with marble and sandstone, or creates pottery, Clea is primarily a painter, working her thick acrylics across canvas, linen, and wood.
Over twenty years ago, after her divorce, Clea moved to a cottage in northern Germany where she could be alone with nature. There, she sought to evaluate her life through a feminist lens, ultimately concluding that she had to be true to herself, regardless of the consequences. The resultant work is rich with Clea’s desire to leave ego behind, capturing an exact moment and the power it wields. “I am very interested in the realities that exist beyond the visible world,” she says. “Reality is only an expression of the essence.”