Born in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. Grown up in an art and antiques collecting family. Doing sculpture and paintings from her early years on.
State approved educator, kindergarten principal for nearly a decade.
Moving to Shanghai, China and traveling to Australia, Thailand and Cambodia. Experiencing Chinese and Aborigine art first hand. "painting without brush" series. Conducted countless workshops with individuals and groups, including artists and fashion designers.
2013 solo exhibition at Xindanwei Shanghai
2014 coaching Sprouts NGO to enhance arts education in rural China, including documentary, exhibition and mass crowd painting
2014 and 2015 solo exhibitions at Sofitel Shanghai Sheshan Oriental Hotel
2016 moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.
I am an artist.
"Art is like a fairytale. You go your own way, follow your inspirations and emotions, until you reach the happy end."
I have been painting and sculpting all my life. I was born in Munich, Germany and grew up in an art and antiques collecting family. I like to travel to find new ideas and inspirations in different cultures and landscapes. In addition to my German heritage, I have absorbed influences from Chinese painting, Australian aboriginal art and the impressions I have had every day. This is how "painting without brush" came about. If I am on the beach, sometimes I get an inspiration. When I have time for myself, I look around and get an idea, like ‘oh what else can I do’. May take some sand home with me. I’ve collected sand, rocks and other natural materials from nearly every special place I have visited.
Many others spend so much effort into ‘do everything right’. They put their intuition into a cage. But I want to tap into the unconscious, the spontaneous and mentally let it flow. My aim is the direct transfer of emotions to canvas in a natural, intuitive way.
I combine different techniques and inspirations. I paint in a spontaneous and organic way. Sometimes I integrate objets trouvé into paintings.
In 2013, I was proud to have had my first solo exhibition in Xindanwei, Shanghai. Following that, I had two additional solo exhibitions, in 2014 and 2015, at Sofitel’s Shanghai Sheshan Oriental Hotel. In 2014 I participated in a non-profit rural arts education project in rural China. I taught my very natural, intuitive approach to help the group awake arts skills in peasant children. This was featured in a documentary and led to a children in a mass “crowd painting”. While living in Shanghai, China over five years, I conducted countless workshops with individuals and groups, including Chinese artists and fashion designers. I moved with family to Chattanooga, Tenn. in January, 2016.
To me, painting is a fairytale adventure. As you paint, you face various challenges: On the left, fight a dragon; on the right, save a princess. Through the forest, across the desert, over the sea. And finally you reach the magic kingdom and the happy ending. After the work of art is finished and done, the next journey can begin, the next fairytale is waiting to be told.
Painting is like traveling without a guide, without booking.com.
On the surface we seem to be controlled by our rationality. We like to have a plan for our life, for our career and for our children. But we are humans and we are guided by our emotions as well. If we make decisions only with our rational minds, we often do not feel well after awhile, because we forgot to listen to our hearts. We learn to be rational at school, but the earliest days of our life start with emotions. This is part of our nature, and we need to take this into account.
You enjoy the moment and just decide which beautiful place you want to explore next.
I invite you to examine my work, be a part of it, and try by yourself!
And I am an educator.
"Paint, learn, get advice. Unleash the creativity in yourself, and in your children."
After having worked in a children’s home for children from troubled families I was a kindergarten principal for many years. While doing that, I saw established education methods being too narrow to unleash the full potential in pre-school and elementary school children. I developed a method I call “Effective Learning,” an experience-based learning program for pre-school children. This method combines motivation strategies, concentration on the essentials, and relaxation in a smart and simple way. My approach is based on actual situations, where I work with parents to develop alternatives ways to act, reach objectives and meets the child’s needs.
Children with difficulties in reading or math benefit the most, and parents are happy to see proud children who feel good about their learning progress and their paintings.
Over many years I have also developed creativity courses for adults and painting to "open your mind" classes for all ages.
I provide coaching for families, helping parents and children address problems like struggling in school, behavior and self confidence. Designed to help children and parents solve problems. I work with families to develop methods to support each child’s individual needs. I use painting extensively in my work with children with unique needs.
After moving to Shanghai in 2010 and expanding the program, I decided to name it "emotionandnature". In Shanghai I collaborated with the Essential Learning Group.
I got a lot of feedback and requests from a wide variety of clients. Some of them were from the expat community in Shanghai. But many were from directions I did not expect. There were Chinese parents who wanted to give an extra creative twist to their children's education. There were Chinese artists and fashion designers who asked to work with me, to widen their creative capabilities. And there were the NGO 'Sprouts' who wanted to bring arts education to rural China, who even made a documentary movie about my approach. Both adults and children grab the chance to widen their potential - they literally paint and open their mind..
Now I have moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and want to share my works of art and emotionandnature here.
Services include art therapy, learning support for children with special needs, such as anger or frustration management, coping with anxiety and dyslexia, attention deficit disorders, behavior problems, social or emotional problems.
"Coaching" means you can meet me with issues of yourself, your partner, colleagues, family members and your children. Team-building, family things, experience based. Get in touch with feelings, work together with partner, child, family to solve problems. My approach is reality-based and focused on the actual situation. I will show you alternative ways to act, to reach your objectives and to meet your needs. I can help you in a confident, personal way.
Paint and Open Your Mind,