'Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.'
― Gary Snyder
I'm an German/Canadian artist and nature lover. Sustainability, self-reliance, and environmental stewardship are important to me. Since 2017, I've had the good fortune of working part-time for Quark Expeditions in the Antarctic regions.
I graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto, with a specialist in drawing and painting. My work can be found in private and corporate collections worldwide. In 2007, I brought to life the Chest of Hope project, to raise funds for Breast Cancer Research.
After a 25-year career as high school arts teacher, I started to create animal portraits in watercolour. My recent work opportunity in Antarctica has allowed me to study and paint the amazing wildlife of the Antarctic regions.
I grew up in a small town in rural Germany by the River Rhine. My childhood was spent in nature, exploring the local fauna and flora, hiking in the Black Forest, the Alps, and many other places in Europe.
At home, I was surrounded by local wildlife, such as the white stork, a beautiful large bird that nested on rooftops in our village. I also enjoyed listening to the song of the common cuckoo during hikes in the forest, where my family went foraging for mushrooms and wild herbs.
I now enjoy country living on 20 unspoiled acres of forest, wild fruit orchards, and wetlands, overlooking the beautiful and rugged Georgian Bay, in Ontario, Canada.