I’m Antje, a German/Canadian fine artist, writer and intuitive.
Born and raised in Germany, I’ve always seen myself as an artist. Since I can remember, I was drawn to colours, literature and animals. I studied at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Germany, as well as privately with several artists, including assisting a traditional oil painter, working with a stage designer, and apprenticing with a stone sculptor.
Initially known and commissioned for my pastoral landscapes and whimsical portraits of children and animals in traditional oil, I more recently went on to experimenting with mixed media, e.g. ink, charcoal and recycled materials or handmade paper. I see myself as a life-long learner, observing the world around me while trying to make sense of it through art. My curiosity in my subject matter and my desire to capture a moment in time, guide me when I apply my knowledge of traditional art techniques with improved methods and sometimes unorthodox practices. To me the process of art making is just as important as the finished product, which I hope the art collector will enjoy as much as I enjoy creating it.
In 2000, I moved with my husband to a farm in Bruce County, Ontario, Canada, where I started “collecting” animals. Following complications at the birth of our daughter the same year, I experienced the struggles of dying and the indescribable beauty and bliss afterward in Heaven. Though granted to stay in Heaven, I reluctantly decided to return into my body when offered the choice to be with my infant daughter. I regretted my decision almost instantly when I realized that because of my health I couldn’t even care for my baby’s basic needs at the time.
While raising our daughter, getting accustomed to farm life and adding more animals to the family, I was busy continuing my work as artist and writer. I have exhibited in group and solo shows in Germany and Canada as well as in many national and international juried shows, where many of my paintings have been sold and some have been recognized with awards. Many of my artworks have been commissioned and are found in private collections throughout Canada and USA, Germany, Italy and Spain — as well as on book covers. I’m a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and FCA (Federation of Canadian Artists), the Goderich Co-op Gallery, the Bayfield Artist Guilt (BAG), and am currently, with more than 20 years experience in art education, an instructor at the Southampton Art School.
Ironically, the doctor who’d once saved my life, has become an artist after retiring from her career as health care professional, while I became more and more interested in energy healing. As a result of my NDE (near-death experience), I can feel other people’s emotions and symptoms of health issues and grief. I occasionally interfere with electronic devices, but can communicate on a soul level, and have been working successfully with energies energy healing and elemental space clearing to make a positive difference in the lives of clients open to this kind of experience. Please contact me if you are going through a hard time physically or emotionally and could benefit from my assisting you.