Born in Bad Reichenhall, Germany, Gisa grew up in the Foothills of the Bavarian Alps, with beautiful landscapes, dramatic skies and Foehn Winds from the first day of her life. She spent her youth hiking, skiing, climbing in the cultured landscapes of the country just north and south of the Alps. Living halfway between the great cities of Munich and Salzburg, Gisa was exposed to world class Art Galleries, Museums and Performing Arts from childhood.
After studying Art, Art History and Romance Languages in Germany, Italy and Austria, Gisa came to Canada for the first time in 1989.Moving back and forth between Europe and Canada for almost 10 years she settled in Canada in 1997. With her husband, a Professor at the University of Calgary.