Claudia Retter was born in Germany, grew up in New England, and now makes her home in Columbus, Ohio.  She has seen the world through the eyes of an artist and storyteller ever since she opened her first book, and inspires others to see the stories in their own lives through her exhibits, readings, and workshops.  Retter has received numerous accolades for both her photographic work and her handmade artist book, The Flying Adventures of Two Candy Cane Pen Friends,  including an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and awards from the Southern Vermont Art Center and the Salmagundi Club of New York.  She is currently bringing Flying Adventures to its first audiences while working on new projects.