Some time back... I grew up in Southern Germany, close to the beautiful foothills of the Alps with its happy cows and pretty villages. That must be why I love illustrating animals and interesting places. If you add a few children and a good story, then we have a children's book.

I have illustrated all different kinds of fiction and non fiction books for kids of all ages. I enjoy the creativity in fiction stories. For nonfiction projects, the research and learning about the subject matter is lots of fun.

Holding a Diploma in Communication Design from the Fachhochschule in Mainz, Germany, and having worked in the online education industry during the Dot-Com era, I like putting down the pen and brush every now and then, to design on the computer or program for a website.

During my student years, I had the privilege to study Illustration at the Academy of Art College (now University) in San Francisco. A few years later I returned for the masters program and left with a couple of awards under my belt.

Since 2001, I have been making my living as freelance illustrator, painter and graphic designer. I have worked on everything from books, murals and tattoos, to prop design and paintings on cakes. My most featured cake paintings were on Oprah Winfrey's 50th Birthday cake, as seen on her TV show.

Book and jigsaw puzzle projects have been keeping me busy the last few years and I have published books for the American, European and Asian market. (Go to the Books & Games section for a list of publications.)

I have started my next step of publishing my own stories, which include the Wild West, since I live in the Reno area surrounded by the Sierra Nevada mountains and the vast Nevada desert.





Traditional Illustration:
Book (children's / fiction & non fiction), book cover, games, CD cover and editorial illustration.
Character development.
Painting, illustration and pattern design on and for high-end cakes.

Digital Illustration:
Retail for clothing & accessories.
Product / label and logo illustration.
Greeting card design.

Graphic / Visual Design (senior):

CI & logo design, advertising, brochures & marketing material, product labels.
Web site development, visual design and production, incl. HTML and CSS coding.

Painting:
Mural and Prop painting.

Classic oil painting:
pets, horses, lifestock, portraits, figure, stillife, wildlife, landscape





2017: 2nd and 3rd Place for "Where's the Carrot?" and "Cattle Drive Tales"/ Category Watercolor, respectively, Equine Dream Art Show
Horse Expo / Pomona, CA
2014: 1st Place for "Hermez"/ Category Acrylics and 3rd Place for "Blue Moon"/ Category Oil, Art at the Classics
Draft Horse Classic / Grass Valley, CA
2014: 1st Place for "Surprise" and 3rd Place for "Blue Moon"/ Category Oil, Equine Dream Art Show
Horse Expo / Pomona, CA
2012: Publication in the juried 54th Annual of American Illustration
Society of Illustrators (NY) / USA
2007: Top 3 in the BUELL Super TT Trickout Design Contest / USA
2006: "Certificate of Merit", Illustration West 44
Society of Illustrators Los Angeles / USA
2001: "Best Graduate Illustration" Annual Spring Show
Academy of Art College / San Francisco, CA
2001: "Best of Show", Annual Spring Show
Academy of Art College /
San Francisco, CA

 
phone: +1 (323) 632 2291
email: ute@illustratrix.com

websites:
www.illustratrix.com
www.petorious.com /
www.gloriouspony.com