FROgard was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States in the 1950′s. She learned from her hardworking parents that this is the land of opportunity. Her grandfather and great grandfather were both artists. Her parents were mechanical draftsmen. Becoming an artist was not a decision for her – it just was.
She studied as an art major at San Francisco State and holds a degree from California State College of the East Bay (formerly Hayward State). FROgard studied art in Florence, Italy with the American Institute for Foreign Study. She is consistently enrolled in workshops and full-time college courses learning new techniques while painting, drawing, and working the clay. aRt Cottage, her gallery and studio, is a place where she is willing to share what she has learned and also wanting to learn from others by viewing their art as well as learning from them.
Her love for life and nature is expressed in her paintings and ceramics. It is easy to see that she is connected with the elements. The aRt Cottage gardens are completely tended to and loved by FROgard. She considers her landscapes her canvases as much as her paintings.
Because she has always liked mud and finger-paint, texture is important. aRt Cottage now has a kiln and potter’s wheel where all can play and create in the “mud” along sided of FRO.