Gertraud was born in 1951 in Germany. Her first career was in nursing. She worked as an operating theatre nurse at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh.
Her sculpture training at the Alanus-Kunsthochschule near Bonn, 1976 – 1979, was followed by a two-year training for sculpture therapy. Gertraud moved to England in 1982 where she taught at the Tobias School of Art in East Grinstead and at Emerson College, Forest Row, as well as working graphically.?In 1987 she started to work and teach sculpture and graphics in her own studio, www.sculpturestudioshoathlyhill.com. Gertraud has exhibited in galleries in London, Brighton, Italy, Germany and Switzerland.