ABOUT MY DAD, OTTO WERNER


Hanne Lore Koehler:

The paintings in this gallery were painted by my dad, Otto Werner (1923 - 1991). He was born in Burtscheid, a town in western Germany, near Aachen. It was founded in the year 997 AD by emperor Otto III and became part of the city of Aachen in 1897. My dad, Otto and his twin brother Karl were conscripted into the German army in December 1941 when they turned eighteen. He married my mother, Christel, after WW 2 ended in 1945. I was two years old when we immigrated to Canada in 1952. Like most immigrants to Canada of that time, he came in search of a better life for his family and, although the early years were very hard, especially since he did not speak a word of English, with very hard work, he eventually found the good life he was searching for.

He began his own painting business in Kitchener, Ontario, painting houses to earn a living. Fine art was his passion but it did not pay the bills. Eventually, his painting business grew and he employed around twenty painters. He began to offer wall murals as a service and painted many wall murals in Ontario, including The Concordia Club in Kitchener, Hotel Waldorf in Wasaga Beach, many restaurants, businesses, and private homes. Many of his exterior sgraffito murals are still found on apartment buildings in this area. In addition, he taught fine art oil and watercolor painting at his studio. Giclee prints of select pieces are offered here. Some of his original oil paintings and watercolors are now available for purchase. Please inquire as to availability of original artwork.



Hanne Lore Koehler

Written and painted by , owner of Koehler Art Studio Gallery. An artist who has painted many watercolor, acrylic, oil paintings and murals of landscapes, portraits, still life, architectural and sports art, she is also an author and illustrator of children's books. You can find her on Google, follow her on Facebook and also on Twitter.





See also:

landscape paintings by Otto Werner
LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS ........ Gallery 22


Otto Werner wood cookie mold carvings and decorator prints
WOOD CARVINGS ........ Gallery 25


Pennsylvania Dutch, Mennonite/Amish Hex designs by Otto Werner
HEX DESIGNS ........ Gallery 26




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