Renate Deppe was born in Oppeln, Germany. She immigrated with her family to Newfoundland in 1952, and came to Halifax to study nursing. As a creative break from Nursing, she studied pottery with Homer Lord. Later, as a mature student, Renate finished her BFA in Art and Photography at NSCAD. Besides her involvements with new projects in photography, she currently teaches German at the German Heritage Language School. She has been a docent at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia for 25 years. Renate started out in Black & white photography, and preferred photo essays (Three Women – Three Ages) The colour essays ‘Stone Gardens’ and “Trees” grew out of environmental concerns. The colour collages ‘…and it is only a dance’ are a personal biography. ‘In Death there is Life’, ‘Like Footprints in the Sand’, ‘War Triptych’ deal with ephemeral themes. She has exhibited in the Atlantic Provinces, Ottawa, Toronto, Saskatoon, and in Leipzig, Dresden and Hamburg, Germany.