I’m Christina, author and illustrator – a head full of imagination, stories & ideas, and a heart full of appreciation for life. Originally from Germany, I have been living in the U.S. since 2011.
My need to communicate ideas, draw funny characters, and create stories was often supported by my teachers giving me extra homework, which allowed me to practice my handwriting from an early age.
More room for imagination!
When working with young children, I noticed a uniformity & computerization in their books and toys. It was disheartening to see the same characters everywhere, depending on the latest mainstream trend, overstimulating yet underchallenging the children’s minds. There was little room left for their own creativity and unrestricted imagination. I saw the lack of unique illustrations that truly touch the human heart.
I’m on a mission to bring “heart-made” back into children’s books
& into their rooms!
I believe that the warmth and simplicity of handmade things connect us to our roots and is understood on a deep level by both children and adults (just like the Grimm’s fairytales!).
Endearing and sweet, but also a bit wild: My whimsical art delights kids & grown-ups who saved a place for enchantment and playfulness in their world.
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I currently live in Buffalo, NY, in an inspiring multi-cultural neighborhood with my American husband and my German Shepherd.
When I’m not making art, I’m working on my first novel.
Would you like to work together? I am available for illustration projects and my art is available for licensing. Simply send me an email with your inquiry. I’m excited to hear from you!
13 little stories about me
- Growing up, I loved writing letters with ink and a fountain pen and had many pen pals. In fact, my husband and I were writing letters to each other for 10 years back and forth between Germany and USA, before we became a couple. Back then, I resisted getting an email account. I wanted something real. It had to be handwritten letters – with emotion, time and energy put into it. That’s how we really got to know each other.
- I grew up listening to the pioneers of country music: Hank Williams, Carl Smith, Johnny Cash, just to name a few. I could sing their songs when I was about 3 years old, but without having a clue about what the words meant. I was never aware that I’d get a Southern accent when singing American folk or country music until real Americans recently told me so.
- As a child, I recorded 9 cassette tapes of stories about a girl who was supposed to be sweet & nice, but turned out to be intolerably bold (because it was more fun this way).
My unfortunate family had no choice but to become familiar with all the characters and their silly voices…
- The only thing I’ve ever won was an aquarelle paintbox, because my father, who was a pharmacist and passionate sailor, encouraged me to participate in a life vest design contest.
- When I was 12, I decided to finally write a proper (really thick!) novel. I started writing it on my mom’s typewriter. Volunteering at the SPCA as a child, my novel was about a sad lab named Lulu, who was waiting to find a new home. But I never made it past the first chapter…
- …I was more successful finishing short stories. As a teenager, I wrote “Beatlemania”, composed on my grandfather’s typewriter & bound by my father, and “A Christmas bear story”, a handwritten and illustrated little book, as well as a multitude of magazines my parents had to subscribe to…
- When I was 16, I went to high school in England. I stayed in a tiny little town by the sea in an old pub (that was said to be haunted). I lived with the owners upstairs and enjoyed helping in the kitchen. One night, Keith Richards (yes, from the Rolling Stones) stopped by for dinner with some friends. I didn’t believe it until he walked right past me. Since I was too shy to ask him for his autograph, one of the regulars sitting at the bar gave me his…
- I hold a B.A. in German and English Language, Literature and Culture. I wrote my thesis on the topic of narrative techniques in the fairy tales of the brothers Grimm. I’m deeply fascinated with those old European tales.
- I’m in my late 30s, but according to my husband, I have a toddler’s sense of humor. I also suffer from sudden, seemingly random laughing fits that inevitably end with tears and severe tummy cramps. It’s pretty serious.
- I’m a late bloomer. It wasn’t until I reached my mid-thirties that I rediscovered my passion for drawing. The key moment was when I started tearing up as I watched an interview with a Dutch sketchbook artist talking about following her artistic path.
Also, after decades of struggling with my personal “resistance monster,” I finally sat down to write my novel.
- Some of my best ideas come either while I’m sleeping or driving. There’s always a notepad and pen on my nightstand, so I can write even when the lights are out. And in my car, I’ve attached a pad of sticky notes right by the steering wheel, so I can write when the lights are red.
- I love the smell of books, older ones especially. When I pick up a book (and nobody is looking) I habitually leaf through the pages and breathe in that wonderfully distinct and earthy smell. Mmh, if there was a perfume like this…
- After a bad day, I find it cathartic to watch some episodes of “Malcolm in the Middle”. I do love 80s shows like Columbo, Magnum, or the Fraggles… and I’m used to getting weird looks for that.