Artist's Bio

 

I'm Antje (Aunt-YEAH), this is Frisian for "Little Anne". I am a fine artist, (children's) writer and illustrator. Born and educated in Germany I have had formal training in the European art tradition. As a child I was a tomboy, mostly found exploring my surroundings with my dog or in the riding stable, riding and taking care of horses and dreaming of having one day a horse of my own. My father introduced me to watercolor and oil paints when I was 10 years old. Soon I spent my allowances on carrots (for the horses) and sketch books, which I filled with drawings and ideas for paintings I would later paint at my father's easel. I learned that sketching also enhanced my memory, so I was found sketching on every (class) trip. I took my first courses at art college while still in high school. Later I studied at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Germany as well as privately with several artists. In 2000 I immigrated with my husband to Bruce County, Ontario, Canada, where I got myself a dog and a beautiful horse. While raising our daughter, getting accustomed to farm life and adding more animals to the family, I was busy establishing my career as an artist and writer. I am a  member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA).