M y visual arts journey started as an apprentice in poster design and window dressing in Karlsruhe, Germany. A year later I left to study advertising, graphic design, photography, typography and sculpture at the Werkkunstschule Wuppertal, a Bauhaus-inspired art school.

In the '60s I moved to New York City and enrolled in the School of Visual Arts and eventually became an art director at Doyle Dane Bernback, the legendary ad agency of "Mad Men". There and at another agency I produced award-winning ads in print and television. Thirty years later I grabbed my golden parachute and landed in a place filled with paints and canvases. I've painted still lifes, landscapes, animals, abstracts...whatever intrigues me.

My first show of 16 still lifes at JS&B gallery in Manhattan, was a near sellout. Since then I have shown at Anderson Fine Arts, St. Simons GA, the Grenning Gallery, Sag Harbor NY, Stover Mill, Bucks County PA, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, the 2011 Art of the State exhibit at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. I won the 2010 Hughes Award at Phillips Mill, Best Oil Painting at the Tinicum Art Fair and first place in photography at the Tinicum Art Fair. All in Pennsylvania.

You can view seven large landscapes depicting a personal journey called Painting Cancer at Mount Sinai's Hess Center for Science and Medicine, 1470 Madison Ave, NY 10029.

For eight years I've been working amongst nineteen artists to stage Artists of the Gallows Run a benefit for land conservation in Bucks County.

Reinhold Schwenk