Dagmar and legendary artist Peter Williams at Del Mar
Georgetown, Kentucky based artist Dagmar Galleithner-Steiner was born and raised in Southern Bavaria, Germany. Her father's work as a flight test engineer (DLR, Rockwell International, NASA,...) brought the family to Southern California for several years. Upon the family's return to Germany, Dagmar finished school and later attended Ludwig-Maximillians-University in Munich to study American Cultural History, but soon went on to studying Architecture and Art History at the FH Munich.
In 2013, Dagmar moved to the United States to share her life with husband Joe J Steiner, who was then a jockey in the Southern California Racing Circuit. In 2015 the couple relocated from Solana Beach to Seattle where they welcomed their son Jonah into the family.
Horses and dogs have always been an essential part of Dagmar's childhood days. She painted her first portrait at age fourteen; however, she had been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember.
The racetracks in Munich, both harness and thoroughbred racing, are where she was first commissioned to paint racehorses for trainers and owners such as John D. Hillis and Franz Grosse-Lembeck. Dagmar spent many years helping out at the harness racetrack Daglfing. From cleaning stalls, hotwalking and grooming the horses to exercising and working them- she had a solid introduction to life on the racetrack. Her childhood dream of becoming a Veterinarian took a backseat to Architecture and then Art "threw her off track".
Presently Dagmar and her family reside in Georgetown, Kentucky.