Tree Of Life - The circle of being

The tree of life by Michaela Mielke - 25 panel paintings tell about the circle of life
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The tree of life is pictured and mythologically interpreted on 25 pictures presented on 4 m² of wood, showing the four seasons, the orbits of planets and stars, the lifecycle of nature and also the combined cycles of experiences and adventures.


"Everything has its beginning. Everything has a summit.

And everything comes to its end, from which new is born again."


Pictures and symbols from different cultures combined with the related words, are helping to discover the constant changes as a necessary process of our life. And discovering the growing and becoming of yourself.


Videos & more

The trailer for "Tree Of Life"

Follow me, on a small journey into the tree of life an it’s world of themes ...

Create your own tree of life!

The artist's collection with pictures to be colored by yourself (an english version is planned).

Create your own tree of life - the artist's collection with pictures to be colored by yourself

Tree Of Life - Fine Art Print

Now availabel: High quality fine art print in different sizes.


The Tree of life by Michaela Mielke, high quality fine art print

About Michaela Mielke

Michaela Mielke - Contemplative Art

When I was 14 years old I already had hands with lines and furrows that looked like my grandfather’s hands. And as long as I can remember I wanted to work with my hands.

I love the smell of fresh cut wood and sanding, waxing, sanding again and glazing. This procedure it not only meditative and contemplative, making the groundwork for the painting is also a beautiful step in the working process.


Paying your full attention to each single panel painting and give it to its new owner after completion.


Contemplative arts already starts here.

The artist can experience it during the creative process as well as the viewer. It is an invitation to align thoughts and intellectual attitudes bringing it to a deeper level over meaning. To see the obvious and dissolve it, focus on the hidden and contemplating about its true nature.

My interest in iconography and iconology is also visible in my work. Many things can be covered behind the shadow of legends, myths and symbols but they do inspire in so many ways. They tell us a story with a deeper meaning on the next level. Those things tell us about our work on earth and show us what is hidden behind our physical existence.

We seek the world and our fulfilment therein. We try to be human.

I regard my panel paintings and my project "Tree Of Life" as an invitation to contemplate and get in touch with the true meaning of this source.


Contemplative arts are borne out of itself, is explaining itself and makes it accessible for the viewer. And what you will discover, will be only yours and will guide you to something bigger.


Michaela Mielke, born 1976 in Hamburg


1995 Apprenticeship design for visual marketing, self-employed since 2002


Since 2007 product development, product design, product completion for funeral- and mourning objects: design for coffins, urns, memorial- and commemorative items. Various projects and events on subjects such as memorial service, dying, death and mourning. Production of the first memorial- and devotional panels.

2012 - 2016 Further development of panel painting and own technics. In the following years panel paintings with spiritual lyrics, poems and reflections were created which finally lead to contemplative art. The project "Tree of Life" arises. Working on the great and complex work during three years.


2017 Premiere of "Tree Of Life" trailer. The artist's collection with pictures to be colored by yourself is available. Start of the german podcast "Von Sinnbildern & Sinngeschichten" with symbols and mythological considerations.

Michaela Mielke lives and works in Hamburg, Germany.