I am a self-taught mixed media artist. I 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. I have worked in art journals and on canvases, incorporating collage and found objects. My projects have been published in several 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.
For me, creating art is a dialogue between my skills and the supplies I use. It is not so much a battle as an ongoing attempt to work out the connections between ideas and techniques.
In my mixed media canvases I emphasize urban subject matter, especially gentrification. I depict the vibrancy as well as the decay that I see in the cities around me from multiple viewpoints, represented by layering and tactile dimension.
I believe that everyone can be creative. Since 2006 I have taught workshops in Europe, Canada, the U.S., Australia, Israel, Malaysia and online.Since Spring 2015 I am teaching Mixed Media Workshops at Pratt Institute for the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. 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) and Stampendous (rubber stamp, foam stemp and stencil sets). My work has been featured on the packaging for Liquitex Acrylic Painting Sets sold at Michaels art and craft stores. From September 2014 until October 2105 I was a sponsored artist/brand ambassador for Liquitex. I am also a product development consultant to several art and craft supply manufacturers.
Art and Craft Design
Consumer and Trade Publications, current and in years past:
Cloth Paper Scissors, Artful Blogging, Somerset Apprentice, Somerset Memories, Somerset Studio Gallery, Somerset Home, Paperhaus Magazine, My Prima Place (online), Australian Scrapbooking Memories, Love My Memories Japan, ScrapArtZine, Scrapbook-Trends UK, ScrapStreet, Scrapbook Dimensions Magazine, Simple Scrapbook Magazine, African Perspective, Blue Media Print, Ready-Set-Create
Art Journaling Live 2 with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Nathalie Kalbach, Mary Beth Shaw and Dina Wakley (F+W Media)
Scrapbook Workshop by May Flaum (F+W) , Scrap Art Zine: Das Sketchbuch, Paper&Co Show 4thEdition, The Little Scrap Book 2007
Project Design, Product Development, Design for Web Sites, Leaflets, Kit Instructions, current and in years past:
Liquitex America, Liquitex Germany, Derwent, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, Cocoa Daisy, Maya Road, Vintage Street Market, Basically Bare, Punky Sprouts, Sultane/InfoCrea, Rose Moka, Scrap-Tastic, myStampBox and Tattered Angels.
Teaching, Design, Product Development
Crafts & Art:
I teach mixed media, painting, general craft workshops, and classes and provide product demonstrations at stores, trade and consumer shows, worldwide. I taught team-building workshops for J.P. Morgan in Luxembourg. Among the companies whose products I demonstrate are Liquitex, PanPastel, Windsor&Newton Germany, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, Tonic Studios, Tattered Angels, and Prima Marketing. I was the Education Program and Design Team leader for Tattered Angels.
Since Spring 2015 I am teaching Mixed Media Workshops at Pratt Institute for the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Licensed Designs & Artwork:
StencilGirl Products (stencils), Stampendous (rubber stamp, foam stamp and stencil sets), Sultane (paper, stamps and transparencies)
2015 Solo Exhibition, J.C. Street Views, Beekman Lane, Jersey City, NJ, USA
2015 Group Exhibition, gentrification : The changing landscape of Jersey City, 313 gallery, Jersey City, NJ, USA
2014 Group Exhibition, Jersey City Artist Studio Tour, City Hall, NJ, USA
2014 Group Exhibition, Art Show, Dixon Mills, Jersey City, NJ, USA
2013 Solo Exhibition, Hamburgendsie, RAe Klingner & Kollegen, Hamburg, Germany