I am a multi media artist, craft maker, mother, gardener and cook residing in both Hay River and Yellowknife. I moved to the Northwest Territories from Germany in 2008, shortly after finishing a five-year program in Fine Arts at the Brunswig School of Art.
In my creative work as well as in everyday life I draw my inspiration, logic and ability to focus from the physical and sensual realities of living in the north. My artwork include public murals, drawings and jewellery made from a variety of local materials. I sell my work at markets, at the Down to Earth Gallery (YK) and occasionally at the Northern Images Gallery (YK).
My experiences from years of traveling, art school, motherhood, gardening and quiet local food activism has shaped a very complex and yet grounded reality in which I am continuing to explore life. Having put my roots down in the Northwest Territories I've been slowing my pace and trying to figure out how to live a low cost and small footprint kind of life. Sustainability, connectedness, community and small scale economy are some of the key factors that help me focus on and create a niche that's affordable, inspiring and practically achievable for my role as a single mother, an artist and a practical idealist.
In my current artwork I weave all of these realities into the tapestry of northern landscape. I take time to explore graphic qualities of lichen, rock and landscape with the subtle impact of colour pencil and graphite, creating depth within the layers of applying single colours. It's a very meticulous process, which has lead me to the even more intricate and quiet process of beading. That pace and the connection and implication of drawing and beading in an artist's everyday life, specifically in this environment, entertain and interest me very much.