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Born: Flensburg, Schleswig/Holstein, Germany. Resides: Ontario, Canada.

BFA'93, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada, Studio Majors: Painting/Sculpture; Summer '88 "Painting the Landscape", Ontario College of Art & Design, (OCAD), Toronto, Canada; and, BA (hons)'71, (Humanities: English/History) University of New Brunswick, (UNB), Fredericton, Canada. Con't Ed. UfT Toronto, Creative Writing.

As a member of the Danish minority in Flensburg, I was raised and educated in both Danish and German customs and traditions until I, along with my family, immigrated to Canada to begin homesteading on a patch of land in Northern, Ontario, Canada, in my preteens.

Art Fundamentals
Inspired by nature and the uniqueness of the Canadian landscape, I began painting in oils in the mid sixties, emulating members of the Group of Seven and other Canadian landscape artists such as Emily Carr (1871-1945) and Tom Thomson (1877-1917). With formal art studies, turning my attention to the European Masters, I was influenced by Expressionism and Neo-Expressionism, which is evident in much of my work.

I have worked in drawing, painting, and contemporary digital media; however, over the years the majority of my work has been composed of oil based paintings, wherein I ‘express myself' through an ongoing visual dialogue on issues both conceptual and concrete, in singles, segments, and series. More recently my work has been multidisciplinary with a focus on photographic documentation and written narrative in poetic and prose form, augmented by sketches and small mixed media works and paintings.

BIO and Condensed Artist Statement