It really all began in 2008 with a spontaneous trip to the ‘Botanica’ exhibition at Sydney’s Botanical Gardens, where I came across unbelievably realistic and detailed sketches and paintings of plants by botanical illustrators and artists.
As a child I always really enjoyed painting and loved experimenting with colours. This love, which had lain dormant and neglected for so long, was sparked back to life by all of those photograph-like realistic paintings I viewed at the exhibition that day.
Born and raised in a place called Hof an der Saale, in the northern-most part of Bavaria, I grew up always surrounded by flowers. My mother’s florist shop was an early formative inspiration that remains strong to this day.
I received my initial training as a botanical artist in England where I studied under the late Stuart Lafford and, after completing additional advanced study, was appointed as a botanical art teacher at the Hereford College of Technology.
I was elected a fellow member of the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA, England) in 2020. I am also a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) as well as the Hof/Saale Art Association. On numerous occasions I have exhibited my work in England and Germany. My works are held by private collectors in many countries including England, Australia, Italy and Dubai.
As a freelance artist and tutor of botanical art I offer various workshops and individual tutoring in my studio in Hof and in Bayreuth and also offer workshops in Dornbirn in Austria. I consider it my overarching mission to raise the level of awareness of this unique art form amongst the German public.
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