I was born and raised in Bavaria, Germany… a very long time ago. In 1968, my husband and I moved to beautiful Ontario, Canada, which has been our beloved home ever since.
My love for art was nurtured at an early age by my exposure to the abundant museums and art galleries in Munich, Germany. My father and I spent many rainy Sundays in those museums playing our game of "what if." What if we could borrow this little Dürer sketch or that crazy Breughel and where would we hang it? Fortunately, we never acted upon it, but these times did seed my lifelong love for the arts.
In as much as art has always been my foremost passion, it nevertheless took me a lifetime to be able to dedicate myself completely to painting. I am entirely self-taught with the aid of online courses, generous advice and guidance from international modern masters, and through constant personal research. After experimenting with watercolour, acrylics, gouache, egg tempera and casein, oil presented itself as my medium of choice.
Often, I will painstakingly prepare my own canvasses by stretching and preparing each one with many layers of authentic chalk gesso for a perfectly receptive ground.
Although my portfolio is diverse and includes landscapes, still life and portraiture, I gravitate toward the intricate and detail-oriented process of depicting obscure relics or organic objects with a twist.
It delights me to find old forgotten utensils and give them a place of prominence in my paintings. I love to catch the reflection of light on glass, metal or a liquid and try to portray that miracle of spectral luminosity on canvas. I find daily inspiration in the beauty of nature all around me, from the delicate construct of a seashell to the ethereal pink of a cat’s ear backlit by the sun.
My work is in private collections in Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Switzerland and the US.