Since I was a young child I loved nature and art. And, I always saw the arty side in nature. Besides different little art projects I did throughout my life, there is one thing in particular which we used to do when my parents took our family on vacation to the Netherlands: Collecting driftwood from the North Sea Coast and transform it into artworks.
In 2012 my husband and I moved from Germany to Saint Leonard, Maryland, USA. Here I finally got the chance to work with wood. Started as a hobby-woodworker besides my regular work (I am a trained Archaeology with the focus on South American/Andean Archaeology), I realized that woodworking is more than a passion and I made it to my new profession.
Since July 2017 I am running my Woodworking/Art Business ZanaWoodArtZ.
My business philosophy is to combine art with functional objects so that art becomes part of our daily life.
When I started woodworking, I was amazed by the grain and color variations of exotic wood types like purpleheart, leopardwood or padauk. But the environment is very important to me. With the reduction of the tropical forests and the long shipping distances of exotic wood types, I decided not to purchase exotic wood any longer. Until my stock is used up, you can still find exotic wood in some of my smaller projects.
Shops & Galleries
Museum Store at the Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, St. Leonard, MD
Artworks@7th, North Beach, MD
9/2019: 2nd place in Catonsville with my upcycled driftwoodlamp
10/2018: Best Booth Presentation at Patuxent River Appreciation Days (PRAD)
5/2017: 2nd place in North Beach´s Sculpture Competition with my Sculpture Chesie
Annapolis Woodworker Guild ()
Artworks@7th, North Beach (https://www.artworksat7th.com/)
Calvert Artists´Guild ()
Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild (http://www.nvhg.org/)
Unique Boutique of Southern Maryland