I work in a variety of media: prints (etchings, monotypes, and collagraph), watercolor, and acrylics. My inspiration is drawn from nature, objects, people, and animals, the observation of which is pleasing and stimulating.

On learning about art: “I learned to see. Now I observe light, texture, color, shape, line, value, contrast, and more. The grass or tree and the architecture I look at appear different; more interesting. What a pleasure to try to put down on paper what I see. My hope is that the viewer participates in that joyful experience of seeing.”


Irm has lived in Bremerton since 1973, and in the Puget Sound area since 1963. She is originally from Germany, arriving in the United States in 1953, where her first home was in California's Bay Area.

Beginning in 1975, Irm studied under LaDeane Tate and Mel Wallis of Olympic College, Bremerton, Washington. She progressed from beginner to advanced courses, culminating in independent study. Prior to this, she studied with George Kosanovic of Federal Way, Washington.

Irm has exhibited over the years at Sidney Art Gallery, Port Orchard, Washington; Frederick & Nelson, Seattle, Washington; The Frame Shop, Bremerton, Washington; the Kitsap Regional Library; Bainbridge Arts & Crafts, Bainbridge Island, Washington; and Collective Visions Art Gallery, Bremerton, Washington.

Irm's art work has been juried into several fine arts shows, including Poulsbo, Edmonds, Mercer Island, Tacoma, and Puyallup. Her art work has garnered several awards.