Art was one of my early passions, but when the time came to choose, I decided to study biology instead. This took me from my native Germany to England, Wales, and ultimately to Canada, where I completed a PhD in environmental biology.

I have worked as a researcher, a university teacher, and at one point completed a law degree to learn about the tricky interface between the environment and society. While none of this was directly about art, my love of drawing and visual expression often found outlets in unexpected ways.

As a researcher, I used drawings to keep track of mystery macrofossils under my microscope. As a teacher, I sketched plants and their parts for my botany classes. Doing science has honed my observation skills and patience. Teaching it often challenged me to explain complex ideas using images. Much of this was reflected in my work when I started doing art again in earnest.

Today, I am based in Victoria, British Columbia. My main medium is still graphite pencil, but I also enjoy ink, and I am starting to explore digital media. My style tends to be detailed and naturalistic, with simple compositions and the occasional foray into surrealism or abstract form. I am fascinated by patterns, transformations, and textures, and my subject matter ranges from the microscopic (I like moss!) to concepts of deep time and evolutionary change. Perhaps unsurprising given my background, much of my work explores the interface between science and art.

I am a member of the Island Illustrators Society (check out my Canada 150 vintage posters here), the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, and an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.

Awards

2nd Place, Small, Smaller, Smallest 2017. Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver.
For drawing “Coiled”

Solo Shows

Traces. Café Gallery, Arts Centre at Cedar Hill, Victoria, BC. [March 30 – Apil 13, 2016]

Juried Events

2017

Sidney Fine Arts Show. Sidney, BC. “Black Bear Skulls”, “Spiralling”

Small, Smaller, Smallest. Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC. “Coiled”

Summer Gallery. Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC. “What Goes Around”

O Canada!. Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC. “New Worlds”

Muse. Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC. “Spiralling”

Artist’s Choice. Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC. “Knotty Business”

Active Member Exhibition. Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC. “Driftwood”

Works on Paper. Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC. “Tangled”

2016

Sketch. Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC. “Keeping Warm,” “Grown-up Talk”

Sidney Fine Arts Show. Sidney, BC. “Knotty Business, “Fucoid Flourish”

Nonesuch Art on Paper Awards. Finalist Exhibition, Montréal, QC. “Inshore Echoes”

Nonesuch Art on Paper Awards. Finalist Exhibition, Parrsboro, NS. “Inshore Echoes”

Sooke Fine Arts Show. Sooke, BC. “Driftwood”

Other Group Shows

2017

Botanicals. Victoria International Airport, Victoria, BC. (Space shared with two other artists.)

Big Canadian Stuff – Eh! and Oh Canada. Coast Collective Art Centre, Colwood, BC. (With other members of the Island Illustrator Society.)

2015

Look Show. Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC.