Born in Germany, Michaela grew up loving physical activity, nature, animals, music, and creativity/art/design. While always involved in creative projects – including drawing, calligraphy, pottery, painting, sewing, furniture renovation – she studied biology and finished with a PhD.
That inspired her to move to Boston, where she worked in academic neuroscience research and the biotech industry, and where she started her multinational family. Family life brought out Michaela’s “maker” nature again, sewing and drawing for and with her children, as well as renovating and building with her husband. She also deepened her commitment to plant-based nutrition and expanded her culinary knowledge and skills, cooking and baking for family and friends.
As she slowed down her science career, Michaela worked as a pilates instructor, took classes at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and focused her activities around art and exercise. Influenced by what she observed around her locally and while traveling, addressing plastic pollution and climate change became her mission early on, and she hopes her art will help raise awareness, bridge political divides, facilitate communication, and inspire change.