I was born in Germany and our family came to Australia when I was six years of age. I love Australia and it shows in much of my artwork as I love to paint the native wildlife. I am married with a grown up family who have all flown the coop but one. My daughter in law got me started in painting. She signed herself into a course and asked me to come with her. I loved it and continued on after she stopped to have a child. So I have been painting now since about 2004. I was always sketching my friends at school. One day we went out into the school yard to paint and that is when I was told by my teacher that I was a hopeless painter. So she put me off ever trying again. I am glad I finally proved her wrong. haha.