She was born in the Western part of Germany and received her master's degree in educational sciences from the Westf. Wilhelms University in Muenster, Germany, in 1983.
After the wall came down in 1989, her husband started work in Dresden and she followed with three children in 1995.
In 1997, the family emigrated to Canada.
During all these years, she also had worked as a painter and participated in countless international and national exhibitions as well as in solo shows; sold works went to cities and countries such as London and Manhattan/NY, Berlin, Amsterdam, Chicago or Calgary and to South Africa.
Today, she lives and works on Vancouver Island, using 'Uli Ostermann' as her artist name while 'Jordis Tumby' is her open pseudonym as a writer.
"Of Bears at Fridges, Drinking Planes and Cinderella's Shoe" is her first children's book which includes her own illustrations. It was written in German first and then translated into English by her as well.
Besides being a member in artist societies, she also is a member of the CV Writers Society in British Columbia, Canada.
Of Bears at Fridges, Drinking Planes and Cinderella's Shoe
Horrified eight-year-old Sammy has just learned that the family is about to leave London and move to another city. A catastrophe! Away from grandparents and friends? Why new friends and a new school anyway? The idea of the new and unfamiliar is terrifying.
Suddenly, flamboyant Aunt Nova appears and sits down next to Sammy who observes the movers from a hidden place under a snow-covered oak tree. Nova tells the story of Maggy, called Mag, who had to move as well, even to a foreign country. Slowly but steady she draws Sammy into Mag’s world coming with big surprises.
This story begins with a stubborn ‘No!’. Will it end with a convinced ‘Yes’ ?