The Bonsai of Karl Thier
Karl Their was born in 1952 in Vienna, Austria, in the zodiac sign of the lion, and in the Chinese horoscope as a dragon. In the 'Druid tree horoscope' he would be a Cedrus.
His introduction to the art of bonsai occurred in1987 at a bonsai nursery in Vienna. Two years later he bought his first bonsai books, and in 1992 began his 'bonsai journey' with a few trees 'indoors' learning the proper care of the ?little trees?. He quite soon became disenchanted with the available 'imported' trees, and started to experiment with trees that were indigenous to the area where he lived Karl quickly realized that he needed to learn more about the 'physiology' of trees, and devoted much time to reading reference books and studying the trees in the mountains. He also attended workshops whenever possible. His work with bonsai gradually began to be noticed by others, and this led to the wonderful opportunity to care for and work on the 'Austrian Bonsai Collection' located at Castle Belvedere in Vienna for several years. Karl studied and furthered his bonsai education with the Italian artist Othmar Auer, and one of the highlights of his bonsai career was with Mr. Masahiko Kimura and the demo in Arco Italy in 2005 Karl enjoys very much sharing his knowledge about the care and styling of bonsai in seminars and workshops in many venues. His articles about bonsai styling have been published in both Germany and Switzerland, and one can find examples of his work, articles on his life, philosophy of bonsai, and techniques used in his work, on his website at http://www.bonsaiwerkstatt.at .
In 2001 Karl along with his wife Silvia founded their company "Little Bonsaiworld". Collecting trees from the wild with Silvia has become such a commitment that it now consumes a major part of their leisure time, but this also provides a great amount of pleasure and some wonderful material to work with.
Karl has developed a preference for 'abstract' tree forms, and states ?I collect this one again and again?. According to Karl the styling of these forms brings out the ?vague inner feelings of my soul?. ?These then don't become beautiful and happy designs?. One of his pleasures and 'sources of real fun' is working with the 'tanuki form'. He has stated ?this work is very often underestimated?. He is also well known in the 'internet bonsai forum community' for his superb work with 'virtuals', and some fine examples of both his 'tanuki' and 'virtual renditions' can be found on his website. Karl has expressed his gratitude for his 'bonsai ability' to two individuals, his wife and his good friend Josef from Hungary. He receives a ?good? feeling about his work when people view his trees, and go on their way ?wearing a smile?.