The top picture is of Henri Matisse's painting DANCE. It has been one of my favorite paintings and when I came across a needlepoint book "MUSEUM MASTERPIECES IN NEEDLEPOINT by Brande Ormond I did DANCE in counted cross stitch. But I had my own idea of how the women would look, so I took a little liberty in the hues and shades of the women. I think that it made it more interesting. Hope Henri won't mind. So now for many years I have been thinking about going the next step and doing them as Art Figures. They have been dancing in the back of my mind for a long . Till I meet Janice Anderson, a fellow artist . Her Art Figures are so strong! From her I have seen what can be done . No matter how hard I tried to get the blond figure to look more like the original movment in the painting, she would not cooperate.
Growing up in Iceland with its magical landscapes,the stories and believes of the Huldufolk, the "Hidden Folk" trolls and elves spark my dreams and filters into my work. Also the enjoyment that I have from my garden finds its way into some of my art. After all the work and heartfelt joy that goes in too each project, I am always surprised with what the final handmade pieces looks like,fells like and what it says to me. My work has been featured in the magazine "Art Doll Quarterly" spring 2007,Autumn 2007, and Winter 2008 issues. Was honored to participate in the Wayne Art Center "Art Doll Show" Philadelphia PA.