bio picture2Born in Germany in 1963, I came to France in 1982. I began as an Au Pair girl in Marseille and then studied foreign languages in Grenoble. Then the grand departure for Africa where, with my husband, we spent time in the Ivory Coast (where my particular interest in ethnology and earth colours comes from). While there I worked as a translator, taught German and reading to locals. I also began experimenting with water colours

After eight years in the Paris region, where I began painting, we moved to Crémieu, a town 45 minutes outside Lyon which dates back to medieval times and where we restored an old stone house. I came into oil painting in the early 90's after having four children (!). Having myself grown up in a creative family, I was constantly in an artistic environment (music, textiles, pottery). From there it was only a matter of time for me to reach out for my paintbrushes..

The vital space which painting offers, the liberty to create close to nature, and the sentiment of love seem to me excellent means for personal achievement. In the late 90's I traded my brushes in for the palette knife. I have remained faithful to this tool of passion which allows me to spread paint with movement, even prepare directly on the canvas in a resolutely contemporary style. There you can see my joie de vivre, my sensitivity, my generosity of heart, yes, my real need for a spiritual liberty. The themes of my painting touch essentially on nature and my flower of predilection is undeniably the poppy, rouge oblige. Through my painting I hope to meet the visitor to share an emotional moment, while at the same time to reveal the delicatness of its detail. Then there is the immense magic which is created when the primary colours come together on the canvas, becoming a joyous dance with bursts of happiness. My desire is to confer a festive and eternal air to the ephemeral; a pleasant memory of a promenade in the full of nature which has been transformed onto the canvas; to be experienced again and again at any moment as a peaceful haven...

Painting is at times an outlet for overflowing emotions; producing a veritable explosion of colours. Thus I am often inspired by a happy instant, but more often than not I lack the time to throw that present moment onto the canvas. Well, when I'm older...