I grew up in West-Berlin, Germany where I spent a pleasant and sheltered childhood. As I got older I became more aware of the restrictive nature of the divided city of Berlin. The East-West conflict had an enormous impact on me as some members of our family were fleeing to the West.
In 1963 I moved to the Boston area of the United States where I experienced a new personal freedom. I took classes at Harvard University and traveled all over the United States. I studied at the De Cordova Museum School, Massachusetts College of Art as well as the Art Institute of Boston. That was followed by exhibiting my paintings in Massachusetts, Soho, New York City, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Colorado, Mexico and Germany.
In 1994 I moved to the San Diego area where I presently reside. At this time I started to work with the challenging encaustic medium which gave me greater freedom of expression.