The idea for UMBRAMARIN arose a few years ago during an illustration assignment for the motorcycle and car museum in Einbeck. I was asked to draw 7 motorcycles and 7 cars for a timeline for the museum's educational program. When researching the museum, I had my father with me, who was a trained coachbuilder School really wanted to be there. After a short time, however, I am in tow with my father. His knowledge of vehicles from the 1930s onwards seemed inexhaustible. The visual material right in front of your eyes I now got a museum tour through the epochs of automobile and motorcycle construction. Already enthusiastic about it handcrafted and designed with great care, this day was the initial spark for various illustrations.

Born in the 70s, I grew up in Hamburg. Even in my early childhood I spent a lot of time drawing and, for example, put down on paper what I had seen in my father's workshop or what I had experienced on excursions into nature. Drawing has always been a natural companion for me. After school, I studied communication design in Hamburg and worked in an advertising agency for a while before, after a few detours, I turned the passion of my childhood and youth into my profession. I have been a freelance illustrator since 2009 and draw for publishers such as Stiftung Warentest, Ravensburger Verlag, Franckh-Kosmos Verlag, Delius Klasing Verlag, Die Zeit, for companies such as Porsche and Claas Landmaschinen group and for museums and advertising agencies.

On the one hand my attention is drawn to things of the past. They are not perfect, have charm and in their own way mostly an interesting story. On the other hand, my attention is focused on nature because, like drawing, it is a constant companion for me. Especially when travelling, whether near or far, short or long, inspiration literally crosses my path. Thanks to my many years of experience as an illustrator, I come to UMBRAMARIN With the help of the classic medium of watercolor, the past in the present and flora and fauna on paper.