Light and music, from Asker in Norway
Rhythm, tone, emotion, lines, movement, colours, drama or contrasts, transparency and sensitivity … Everything I find in music – I find in the visual arts.
I am born and raised in Norway, to a Danish mother and a German father who both enjoyed the Fine Arts and music immensely at home as well as bringing my brother and I to the theaters, the opera and to all kinds of culture events as much as possible.
I grew up playing the violin with great dedication in orchestras and chamber groups, all the way up to Music Conservatory-level.
I took dance classes in classical ballet, jazz and tap dance several times per week for many years as well.
I also remember quiet evenings experimenting with water-colorings, and I always had a sense of a very peculiar world of figures, lines, dots and bright colours shifting for my inner eye while listening to music, but at that time, I did not talk about it, not even as a teenager in high school taking art as my major subject.
Today, I prefer to paint large, colorful, abstract, acrylic paintings. Sometimes more naturalistic, landscapes as well.
I particularly enjoy playing with lights and light effects such as the use of mother-of-pearl shimmer mixed into the colours along with iridescent, metallic colours that provide fascinating reflections depending on angel of spotlight, natural light and time of day.
The light by the sea, as in the South of France and in Santa Monica in Los Angeles, is also an everlasting source of inspiration for clouds, sunlight and weather-changes in my arts. Not to mention how emotions such as hope, wonder and serenity can be evoked by simply looking up into the sky, both day and night, dusk and dawn.
– “I bought one painting, but got six!”
This is often times a joyful feedback from buyers.
My paintings seem to change their expression and colour-intensity during the day and according to what kind of light bulb is used!
Light – or lighting – is definately a subject of its own!
In addition to the acrylic paintings, I love to bring my watercolour pad and pencils on holidays and go out in nature in, sit by the water or at a cafe corner in the sun and make some simple colorings and sketches. To me, THAT is “meditation”, regardless of the fact that I have taught various kinds of yoga for more than 15 years professionally in Norway, Paris, Malta and Los Angeles.
One might think “meditation” to me would be more in the physical sense. I is, however, in the quiet creative process.