Lars Kruse

Born in 1970 in Zeven (Germany). Studies of Communication Design in Hamburg (Germany). From 1994 to 2003 he worked for several acvertising agencies with GL Kreation being the last. Since 2004 owner of Puschert & Kruse GmbH/Heeslingen (Germany) and Closer Design/Bremen (Germany). Lars first encountered watercolors while he was in convalescent care in 2010. Ever since he is enthusiastic about this medium. Participation in painting courses by Fábio Cembranelli/Brasil, Bodo Meier/Bonn (Germany), Bernhard Vogel/Austria, Gerard Hendriks/Netherlands. In 2012 idea of founding the Deutsche Aquarell Gesellschaft/German Watercolor Society e.V.

Vice Chairman

Alexa Dilla

1960 born in Essen, living in Coologne. Studies Graphic Design Merz Akademie, Stuttgart
Working as a Freelance Creative Director for international advertising agencies, 1993-1997 her own agency for new media NETZ WERK, Cologne, Managing Director for several Start-ups Berlin & Cologne, since 2008 fundraising2.0

Watercolor since over 30 years, courses with watercolor masters like Oskar Koller, Bernhard Vogel, Ying Xiang Wang. Since 2001 travel and courses and exhibitions

From Sept to Dec 2014 Watercolor/Acryl Workshops on TUI Cruises Mein Schiff 3 / Facebook Alexa Dilla


Assisstant Chairman

Mark Antoni

Geboren 1967 in Kempen am Niederrhein. Studium Bauingenieurwesen an der RWTH Aachen. Seit 2009 ernsthafte Auseinandersetzung mit der Malerei, insbesondere mit dem Aquarell. Es folgen Seminare und Intensivkurse bei zeitgenössischen Künstlern wie Gerhard Ruhland, Jens Hübner, Andreas Mattern und Iain Stewart.

Seit 2012 berufsbegleitendes Studium der Malerei und Grafik in der „ Kunstschule für Malerei und Grafik“ am „Institut für Ausbildung in bildender Kunst und Kunsttherapie „ (IBKK), Bochum.

Kassenwart, Koordinator Ausland

Michael Bajer

Geboren 1985 in München. Studium des Maschinenbaus (FH) in München. Seit 2011 Ingenieur im Fahrzeugbereich in München.
Seit 2010 Aquarell Workshops unter anderem bei Martin Lutz, Alvaro Castagnet, Joseph Zbukvic, Herman Pekel, David Taylor, Iain Stewart, viele davon im Ausland.

Seit 2013 Mitglied der DAG/GWS e.V., seit 2015 im Vorstand.
Erfolge unter anderem 5. Platz beim Aquarellmeeting in Würzburg 2014 mit über 40 Aquarellmalern aus ganz Deutschland, 5. Platz beim Aquarellmalwettbewerb der ECWS European Confederation of Watercolour Societies in Cordoba, Spanien, mit über 50 Aquarellmalern aus ganz Europa.

Artistic Advisor

Wolfgang Eichenbrenner

Born in Stuttgart (Germany), 1947.
A levels, training as a special education teacher and longtime employment at a special needs school. His first watercolor paintings originate in the early 80s. Until today intense involvement in drawing and watercolor painting; study visits in Germany and abroad. Since 2010 he has been living and working in his home town Stuttgart (Germany). Participation in numerous solo and collective exhibitions. Lecturer in watercolor painting. Member of the Stuttgarter Künstlerbund e. V. & member of Artifex, Kunstverein der neuen ART.

Artistic Advisor

Guntram Funk

1941 born in Stuttgart (Germany)
1968-1972 Studies at the Akademie der bildenden Künste Stuttgart (Germany)
1970 Study visit to Japan
1975-2006 Lecturer at the Universities of Education in Reutlingen and Heidelberg, Germany
since 1985 watercolor painting has been at the center of his creative work.
Numerous solo and collective exhibitions, works in private and public collections. Lives and works in Stuttgart and while travelling.
Author of: Das Handbuch der Aquarellmalerei, Berlin / Stuttgart / Freiburg 1998 / 2003


Founding Member

Ingrid Buchthal

Raised in Stuttgart. In addition to a professional career in the medical sector, permanent engagement with painting. Watercolor painting intensified since 1980. Courses with German, American, Austrian and Italian watercolorists. Exhibitions in Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Switzerland and the USA.
Calendars for the German company Desitin (2004) and Spirig, Switzerland (2005)
Lecturer at the summer academy Hohenaschau (Germany), Kunstfabrik Wien (Austria), Fabrik am See in Horn/Gaienhofen (Germany), Museum Casa Console in Poschiavo (Switzerland), Bad Zurzach (Switzerland) and Freie Kunstakademie Gerlingen (Germany)
Member of the following art clubs: ARTIFEX, SYRLIN, FEUERBACH    /  Facebook Ingrid Buchthal

Founding Member

Nikolaus von der Assen

Nikolaus H. von der Assen, born in 1954, A levels, 1976-80 Studies of Biomedical Engineering, graduate engineer, self-employed, sale of the company followed by the  realisation of a lifetime dream: 1999-2002 Studies of Fine Arts and Graphics at the Freie Kunstakademie Rhein-Ruhr (Germany), joined the boesner group of companies in 2003, establishment and management of numerous chain stores, since 2007 intense engagement in watercolor painting (priorr to that oil and acrylic paint), numerous exhibitions in Germany and abroad, conduction of workshops and painting holidays, author of “Als die Farbe ins Wasser fiel“.

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Founding Member

Sabina Bleul

Works and lives in Gerlingen near Stuttgart. She studied biology in Tübingen and has since been working as an urban and green space planner in the city of Gerlingen.

Her involvement with art began in 1997 studying with numerous artists in various techniques. In 2011 she founded the Freie Kunstakademie Gerlingen together with her husband, where watercolour painting plays a significant role in the course programme. Her goal is to broaden the appreciation of contemporary watercolour art. /

Founding Member

Edith Beck
Since 1978 I have been living and working in Markdorf/Bodenseekreis (Germany). I have devoted myself to watercolor painting since 1987.  Until 2007, I have constantly participated in courses of well-known lecturers and artists, at home and at academies in Germany and abroad.
Since 2001 I have been teaching at my own art school, the “Malstube“. With sales to public and private customers at home and abroad, I participate in many collective and solo exhibitions. It is my objective to harmonize impressions (> from Latin Impressio « Effect of the experiences on the soul») with the paint/water flow of watercolors, i.e. to dissolve reality in fading transparency.


Founding Member

Gerhard Hillmayr

Born in 1948 in Reutlingen, raised in Rottenburg am Neckar (Germany). After ten years of residence and studies of Illustration and Graphics Design in Canada, he lives and works in Mochenwangen near Ravensburg (Germany) as a freelance watercolorist, graphics designer, illustrator, course instructor and author of more than twenty on watercolor painting. His artistic career began in Canada in the USA where he was a member of the “Federation of Canadian Artists” and received several prizes and awards (“Maxwell Award” Federation of Canadian Artists; “American Artist”, New York; “The Illustrator” Minneapolis). 1985-87 lecturer at the Freie Kunstschule Ravensburg (Germany, then at several adult education centers and academies, since 1992 organization of custom-made watercolor workshops, painting courses and holidays. Since 1976 exhibitions and sales to public institutions in Canada, the USA, Switzerland and Germany.

Founding Member

Eugenie Meyden

Lives and works in Forstinning near Munich (Germany). Intensive, early promotion of her talent in private lessons by the professor of arts at her secondary school. Training as advertising designer at the BBW-München (Germany).
Advertising designer for various companies in Munich. Since 1981 freelance work as advertising panel and event designer for Feinkost-Käfer, Munich. From 1986 managing director of Meyden GmbH, Forstinning and spare-time designer of exhibition stands, textile design sketches and layouts for drapery. From 2006 resumption of painting lessons with Ninon Voglsamer, Munich. Several courses per year with Bernhard Vogel (Salzburg, Austria).