Herrmann’s creative bent began early while growing up in New York City. Because both parents were working artists Herrmann’s young life comprised of countless trips to museums and galleries. She began to study painting at age 13 with the painter/muralist, Anthony Toney, and continued her early training at Cornell University, Bennington College, and Alfred University throughout her adolescence. She later earned her BFA at SUNY Purchase in Purchase, New York.
In 1985, Herrmann had her first solo show at the Vorpal Gallery in Soho, NY. In the ‘90s, her paintings were displayed at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. Numerous group shows followed in New York, Miami, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., and Holland. In 2011, Herrmann won Best Oil Painting at the Black and White show held at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. In 2012, she was a featured artist at 1st Dibs at the New York Design Center in Manhattan.
Herrmann’s early influences were Kandinsky, Pollock, Miro, O’Keefe, and Picasso, but her latest works are enlivened and inspired by Joan Snyder and her late father, illustrator and painter, Robert Herrmann.
Herrmann chooses to work with the traditional medium of oil on canvas. She resides in Los Angeles, California where she continues to paint.
My greatest inspiration is derived from the natural world – the universe with its geometric harmony and unity. For me, everything about painting is intuitive. As I paint, I’m searching for and investigating other worlds. This process has taught me to keep my mind prepared for the unexpected.
My abstract paintings are about searching for a structured, tactile world. Their creation is very physical. Like making sculpture, I’m finding shapes and forms through the thickness of the paint and details of my brush.
Painting is a catharsis, a regenerative process that allows me to find a deeper connection to myself.