I have always been a maker of things. My innate sense for colour, shape and balance first found expression in painting on glass, in linoprints and collages, in assembling dioramas in cigar boxes, in sculpting with papier mâché and in weaving.
All these creative skills were put aside when I embarked on a career in the ivory towers of university. However, the call to be a maker rather than a university teacher did not remain unheard. I integrated academic experience with creativity and started working as an exhibit designer in my birthplace Munich, Germany.
Making things became my profession after moving to British Columbia in Western Canada, where I opened a home based studio for functional art. I started painting furniture and fabrics. My work was part of the rapidly growing trend to refinish and reuse creatively: I mainly used vintage furniture and transformed it into bright focal points for unique interiors, complemented by my hand dyed, hand printed fabrics. These pieces, with bright colours and abstract designs, were shown in exhibitions and window displays.
I have since moved back to Europe and lived for a long while in the West of Ireland before taking up residence in Wales, and since 2014 in Central Scotland. My focus has shifted from functional art to more decorative work, to printmaking, painting and sculpting.
I am much attracted to stylised still life and landscapes and to rough, textured surfaces and chunky shapes. Bright colours are usually a characteristic feature of my paintings, but in printmaking I tend to prefer the stark contrast and clarity of black and white.
My ceramic sculptures tell stories through body language. I don’t work a lot from photos or with models, I prefer to remember what I have seen and translate these observations into abstract, simplified, compressed renderings.
I exhibit my work locally and participate in the annual Perthshire Open Studio event. In my studio near Coupar Angus in Perthshire I give classes in printmaking and furniture painting. The studio is open to visits by appointment.