Sybille Muschik originally from Berlin, Germany lives near Quesnel, BC. She works out of her Shoreline Studio and has been painting, and teaching art classes for fifteen years. Art influences have been primarily from her grandfather Max Richter, who was a renowned German landscape painter as well as teachers such as Ken Wallace and Ian Mackintosh from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design where she studied obtaining a degree in Graphic Design in 1992. She has also attended numerous workshops with teachers such as Edward Epp, Steve Mills, Karen Muntean, Leslie Poole, Brian Atyeo, Mike Swob, Bill Horne, Clair Kujundzic, Judith DesBrisay, Susan Nothcott and Sylvia Graham. Working in a range of mediums from oil to printmaking, she explores a particular subject by often producing a series such as the egg as archetype, the guardian, and the garden as symbol which was the subject of her recent solo show in August of 2001. The Garden Project explored the concept of garden through symbol, texture and colour. Since childhood, where she roamed for miles around, she developed a keen interest in nature's diversity be it unusual rock formations, fungi, or plant and animal life. The allure of the natural Canadian landscape became the foundation of her interpretive paintings, drawings and hand pulled prints. A passionate advocate for environment issues, her interests include Lake Stewardship being past president of the Bouchie/Milburn Lake Stewardship Group as well as gardening and hiking with her husband. A constant and gentle companion is her German Shepherd who faithfully accompanies her on many plein air painting excursions. As well as producing and showing her art, teaching for her is a necessary adjunct to art making. She has taught numerous art classes to adults and children in drawing, painting and adult seminars in printmaking as well as special events featuring marbling, paper making and monotype print making. She also continues to teach private art classes in her sunlit studio. Through challenging exercises in a supportive environment, she engages the student to explore and take chances while developing a personal artistic language with an emphasis on the process of art making. She often finds the assigned exercises for the students so exciting herself, that it starts her off on an entirely new series.