Artist and illustrator
Feet on the earth - head in the clouds
Christine Tomtlund is a Swedish artist who debuted as a nineteen year old in 2001. She is completely autodidact and has over the years developed her own style, adapted to characterize and giving lives to animals and humans in portraits, as well as powerful forms of expression to express feelings as she illustrates poems.
Her skills have grown and she is now a highly appreciated portraitist of animals and humans. But over time, there are more and more illustrations. The nearest projects are illustrations of a children´s book about a very small and cute dragon, as well as a slightly heavier book project with drawings to poems by Sweden´s well-known poet, Dan Andersson.
Characterizing for her art is the love and knowledge of nature, with a glimpse of the fairytales and underlying messages from other worlds. She lives in the deep forests of Dalarna and has her studio close to nature.
“I have to have my feet in the ground and my head up in the blue, for inspiration”.
Out in nature, she sketches and takes photos, then, by the fireplace in the studio, to let the paintings both peel off and extract the important in the subject. Very clean surfaces meet very detailed parties in most of her work.
The contrast is of utmost importance.
She also works in close cooperation with nature conservation associations and has, among other things, been auctioning paintings for the benefit of for example, WWF.
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