Art Statement and Bio


Living at the Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI, I paint the Sleeping Bear Dunes from daily hikes, and often friends and family, and the critters around me. I love painting with the different properties of pigments and paint mediums. I work at capturing the essence of a moment, a friend capering along the beach of Lake Michigan, a boy skim boarding at the water’s edge, a girl diving.

My Art: I learned oil painting techniques from Karl Zipser, and human figure drawing from Minerva Durham, NYC. In Michigan, I exhibited paintings at the Grand Rapid’s and in juried exhibitions at the Dennos Museum and Oliver Art Center. In NYC, I exhibited charcoal/pastel drawings of the human figure at the springstudiosoho. I am a member of the now inactive blog

Art Publications: The Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes, page 44. (Leelanau Press, 2013); The Artists’ Round Table, pages 108 – 115. (Mitchell Graphics, 2016)

Science: B.S. from Columbia University, NYC; Ph.D. in the Neurosciences from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NYC; founding director of James Watson’s Neuroscience program at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, NY; sabbatical with Candace Pert at NIH, MD; Mathilde Solowey Award in the Neurosciences, NIH; Professor of Physiology at Michigan State University, MI.

Born: in Germany as Birgit Ostermann; professionally known as Birgit Zipser.

Where: Living Empire, MI.