I am a self-taught mixed-media artist who was born in Germany and lived most of my adult life in Hamburg before moving to the United States in September 2013. I now live in Jersey City, NJ.
My early love of paint was squelched by an art teacher who told me I had no talent. I worked as a paralegal for seventeen years and might have remained in the wrong profession had I not discovered mixed-media painting in 2004. I regained confidence in my creativity and have spent the last decade exploring the possibilities of creating dimension and texture by layering different materials and paint media. My projects have been published in several art, craft and hobby magazines as well as mixed-media books. I have taught at many retail events and art retreats, as well as at trade shows, and by 2011 I was able to give up working as a paralegal to become a full-time artist.
I have taught workshops in Europe, Canada, the U.S., Australia, Israel, Malaysia and online. I also teach mixed-media workshops at Pratt Institute for the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. I’ve published four acrylic painting workshop DVD’s with ArtistNetwork TV and in my workshops I share what I know about tools, supplies and techniques, with the goal of helping each student unlock his/her personal creativity.
My artwork is licensed through StencilGirl Products (stencils), RubberMoon (rubber stamps), Stampendous (rubber stamp, foam stamp and stencil sets) and ArtFoamies (foam stamps). In 2014/2015 I was a sponsored artist/brand ambassador for Liquitex and my work has been featured on packaging for Liquitex Acrylic Painting Sets sold at Michaels art and craft stores.
My book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media: Art and Techniques inspired by Observation & Experience (North Light) was released in 2017. | WEBSITE