“If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.”

— Edward Hopper (1882-1967)

While I hope and expect that every painting I create has captured an essence of truth and beauty, it is a magnificently complex journey to this fruition.

I undertake every artistic endeavor motivated by a nervous uncertainty in my ability to nurture the artistry necessary to move beyond the rudimentary application of paint to canvas. I want to create, not just paint. I find myself searching for the details — lines, lighting, shadows — until they appear to me. I want to conquer every true artist’s fear — that of failing to create something original and magical.

Portraits are a predominant part of my artistry, as I am fascinated and challenged by the changes age, experience, environment, lighting, background and just a slight muscle movement can make. A true portrait painting goes far beyond merely capturing a faithful likeness. A painter, unlike a photographer, has endless opportunities to edit what’s observed, whether working from life or from a photo. I strive to reach the highest artistic plateaus in order to best achieve my goal — to create portraitures that truly capture the depth and complexity of my subject.

It’s a thrilling journey, one I share in syncopation with the subject of my art. I forge a connection; I want to look beyond the bare likeness of a person and to interpret the inner essence and soul. The moment I find it, it resonates deeply within me.

I’ve been blessed with a special gift and it’s immensely satisfying to know that I can use my talent to bring joy into the lives of others. Every portrait I create allows me with the opportunity to create a work of art that exhibits both beauty and timelessness. It’s exciting to consider the possibility that one day my painting may become a cherished heirloom, providing deep meaning for many generations to come.

— Ingrid Lockowandt was born in Kiel, in northern Germany, and is currently living and working in Tiburon, California USA. She is a member of the Portrait Society of America and is available for limited commissions, on request, for both local and international clients.

The artist Ingrid Lockowandt with the commissioned portrait The Harmonica Player

“Ingrid Lockowandt is multitalented and very impressive as a serious artist.”
— Gertrud Parker founder of MOCFA, Craft & Folk Art Museum, San Francisco


“I am so impressed with this painting of my son and grandson by an amazing artist and friend, Ingrid Lockowandt. All of her work is lovely and captures California and the human heart so wonderfully. ”

— Anne Lamott Bestselling Novelist and Essayist


Ingrid Lockowandt’s work transcends traditional portraiture, embarking on something more real, truthful and radiant. A person’s soul and spirit are revealed in a modern and exciting technique. I feel her work extraordinarily refreshing and beautiful.

— Kirk Austin Andrews, San Francisco


“Whenever I look at this painting, I can vividly recall my state of mind in April, 2006. I was single-mindedly traveling around the world by bicycle. Nonetheless, I was totally relaxed. I am amazed how well Ingrid has expressed this all in the painting. I see my state of mind at that time in the sheen and color of my skin and in the upward chin, the stout neck, the muscles on the chest, the loose abdomen, the sunburned strong arms, and the eyes looking far away. All of it is so clearly expressed that it reminds me how I breathed at that time. I like my portrait very much.”

— Takayuki, Japan


Ingrid Lockowandt created portraits of my treasured granddaughters — Emily, 9, Josie, 7 — that are carefully rendered and capture the girls’ distinct personalities. A pleasure to work with, Ingrid spent time bonding with my granddaughters and learning about them. She then applied these details into her art. The end result was a pair of portraits that I will forever treasure. Ingrid’s acrylic portraits of my granddaughters have by far exceeded my expectation and will be lasting treasures for the next generation.”

— Susan Schneider, Tiburon, CA