Malke is my artist name. Art in all its forms has always been an essential part of my life. Alongside side teaching foreign languages, to begin with - yet I often used art in my classes, in the nine countries where I lived and taught in all continents. Each country has taught me something vital about people and about art. Now that I don't teach any more, art has taken all my like: I write as I have always done -- mostly poems in French - but also painting (acrylic, oild, tempura, often all of the above, even nail polish. then came a period of ink and pencil drawing (using Japanese ink, more colorful than Chinese ones), and making sculptures with material that otherwise been discarded (like in my profile picture 'The Little Blue Mermaid and Time".) Like any artist, important events in my life has shaped my art: political, like personal events. Two years ago, I had to face something horrendous: my 33 year old son's son suicide. It actually led me to have an open-heart surgery. Since then, art has been a true therapy for me: It was in hospital that i started drawing a series of Trees of Life: some tortured ones, some more peaceful, using ink on paper. this has led me to drawing Nature, not the kind of nature you can discover from your window: Nature that we, humans are part of, transient, ever changing, nature that encompasses all of us, elemental nature, organic.