Where are you located: Denmark
ArtMarketDirect gallery URL:
Not really 🙂
What’s your favourite colour and why?:
All shades of blue are my absolute favorites! - I noticed, many Scandinavians love the blue color. Probably, because we live in a climate with cool shades of colors most of the year.
Do you live with any family and or pets?:
I live with my family close to the sea, the fiords, and big woods. Nature is a great source of inspiration for me.
Best and worst food?:
In Denmark, we are very fortunate to have some very healthy produce of veggies, meat etc. so we enjoy some lovely meals. The only thing, you will never find in my cooking is the chilies, because of the hot taste.
Tell us a little about your full-time job and/or education?:
After retiring from my teaching job, I have time to work full-time on my painting.
If you weren't an artist what would you be doing instead?:
I would work as an interior designer, crafts etc. Something creative, that´s for certain.
What moment in your career are you most proud of?:
I certainly became very proud, when I was invited in 2009 to represent my country in an international exhibition for the EU-countries with all expenses paid. From then on I participated in galleries in London and other EU-countries. The internet too meant a great deal for my work to be sold.
Before you became professional in art, what is the best non art related job you ever had and why?:
Teaching international adults meant a lot to me, because, I, too, learned a lot every day.
Getting Down To Business
There’s a lot of artwork on the market these days, how do you differentiate yours from the rest?:
There really is a lot of choice for every taste - You can only keep up painting your way and believe in it!
What is the most challenging part about being an artist in todays market?:
I think it´s really challenging to navigate in the big market of people, who want "to help" with your marketing, websites, advertising in art magazines, nobody ever seems to read. It must be a very rewarding branch, as it´s so huge!
For you what is the best part about creating art in the way you do?:
Creating of all sorts of artwork has a great impact on people as it´s very meditative. The same feeling you get from looking at the artwork.
If you were able to go back to give yourself a nugget of advice before you even got started what would that be?:
As my art teacher said: Keep on doing what you want to do! - Don´t stop experimenting!
Visual art is often love/hate. How do you handle negative feedback?:
Taste is individual and very personal and can not be discussed.
What do you feel when something is sold? Why?:
Very humble are my feelings when my work is sold! It´s great to create something out of your own pleasure and it makes other persons want to hang it in their own homes.
What are your tools and/or equipment and/or medium of choice? Why?:
My tools are acrylics and sometimes finished off with water based oils. I prefer acrylics because they are fast drying and easy to correct.
What is your creative process like?:
I work best in intervals of 3 hours interrupted by a coffee-break. Listening to the radio is a must during the process.
How do you come up with a profitable pricing structure for your pieces?:
I investigate the local art market, calculate ALL my expenses like tools, time of work hours, shipping costs, advertising etc.
What do you believe is a key element in creating a good composition?:
A strong composition, a good choice of limited colors - and you are on your way!
What’s the best art tip you’ve ever received which you would be willing to share?:
Again, the advice from my art teacher: Go on! - Believe in yourself! - Experiment!
How has your style changed over the years?:
My styles change very much because I work expressive, semi-abstract and even sometimes impressive.
Tell us about any experimenting you are doing lately?:
I experiments with painting on acrylic paper because it´s easy to ship, but I find the paper difficult for alterations. I shall stick to canvas!
Do you have any upcoming events we should know about?:
I´m part of a Scandinavian group of artists VARIABLERNE - www.variablerne.dk - and looking forward to yearly exhibitions in Copenhagen this year in June.
I´m an addict to colors!
– The way the light changes the shades of colors every minute really gives me a kick! 🙂