Growing up in Austria, nature was my place. Eventually I became a physical therapist. For ten years I loved my patients and they loved me back. My family’s move to the USA allowed me to become a full-time mother. We settled in McPherson, Kansas. My PT education got lost in the move, while my love for art, gardening and education led me to a degree in landscape design. We had moved to Seattle, Washington where working as a landscape designer felt like heaven on earth.
In 2005, back in McPherson, Kansas, I fulfilled my lifelong dream and graduated from McPherson College with a bachelor’s degree in studio arts, concentrating in ceramics and painting. Now, in my third life, I combine my experience and my interest in the human psyche with both of my artistic loves by sculpting life-like and life-size people from clay and subsequently finishing the figures in a painterly manner. My MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) degree at Fort Hays State University will be completed this May.
Recently my art has allowed me to sculpt on site at Bethany Home, a nursing home in Lindsborg, Kansas, with some of the nursing home residents being my models. This experience has been fulfilling beyond my expectations and has become a project that I call “Noble Souls”. To teach young, eager to learn students on the one hand and to spend time with the elders in our society on the other hand makes my life whole.
My work has been shown in numerous galleries and museums throughout the United States in group, solo and juried shows and has received several awards. It is also part of multiple private and corporate collections throughout the USA, Austria and Germany.