I came to Canada from Germany with my sisters and mother. We went directly to Chilliwack and lived with my uncle. The mountains fascinated me, they still do. That is the first thing I see when I look out of my window in the morning.
For many years, I supported myself by operating a hair salon. As stylist I enjoyed using my artistic talents to create hairstyles for my clients. My other passion is tap dancing that I took up twenty years ago. I belong to group called the happy tappers. My dancing keeps me fit, gives me friendships, and gives other people pleasure too. I also sing in a German retired women’s group and we entertain at seniors’ homes.
When I was younger I wanted to paint! I could almost smell the oil paint that I didn’t yet own. We moved to Ashcroft and that is where I first started to paint. My mother supported my interest in whatever I chose to do. I took as much art schooling as was provided in the public school.
I am a self-taught artist who has studied professional artists from DVD’s, TV programs, and painting workshops wherever I could find them. In time, I learned how to mix colours and picked up the technical training I needed to produce work in a few different media; Oil, Acrylics, Watercolour, and Pastels. I have a long way to go to become a professional, probably years, but who cares? I am enjoying the journey.
When I start painting I forget time and I am in a world of my own. I do a fair amount of sketching and have a folder full of scenery and faces that interested me. I have done portraits in pastel but never in oils and that is my next project. As an artist there is always ‘a next project’ to inspire and please me. I belong to the Golden Palette club, and the Chilliwack Visual Artist association I am also a supporting member of the Federation of Canadian Artist. I love to paint.