Born and raised in Germany, I was surrounded by art and culture from the start. I always enjoyed art classes in school and outside, and eventually, they became my favorite “electives.” I was always drawn to the arts in its many forms. My grandmother taught me how to knit, crochet, and sew. Later on, we raised sheep on the farm and sheared their wool. I learned to spin and weave. The interaction of fibers fascinated me.
While living in Europe, I went to nursing school, until I met my U.S. husband on a trip. We got married and had children, whom we raised on an old dairy farm in upstate NY. After the kids flew the coop, we decided to escape the harsh winters and move to the Bedford area.
I like to think of myself as “Jack of all trades, Master of none,” as I dabble in gardening, painting and drawing, mosaics, fiber arts (weaving, crochet, knitting, felting, sewing), pottery, making marionettes, and other stuff I can get my hands on. I enjoy seeing other artist’s work in galleries and museums, trying to figure out how it was done.
Too many people worry about what others may think about their art and lose the joy of “doing” in the process. We don’t all have to create masterpieces for the Louvre! Art is about fun, life, and being human.
If there only were more hours in a day…