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Erna is intrigued by the emotional aspect of human experience. It comes forward in visual storytelling on a paper or a canvas.
Always into drawing and coloring as a kid, Erna was the only “little artist” in the family. As a girl growing up in Iceland she was much exposed to nature in all its glory. Her grandfather was a biologist and ran a small museum of science and biology in their little hometown. Her dad is a geologist and her mom is a teacher with love for all kinds of plants and the more microscopic world that is found on a day to day basis.
Years later, Erna was a designer living in California, a mom of three girls with time on her hands, ideas in her head, canvas and some paint that she had bought on sale. One day, as her daughters played in the park, she noticed a weed stretching into the air. She drew the weed in her sketchbook, and then transferred the image to a canvas. Then she had an idea: “Everyone loves a good story, and I can make beautiful art. Why not create art that tell stories?” And that’s how Erna’s love for art, illustration and nature showed up again and has never left her since.
Erna works with gouache on paper and acrylic on canvas or wood. She also illustrates digitally and she’s illustrated for large corporate and public spaces, for various digital applications, for books and various print. And when she paints or illustrates, Erna hopes to capture the simplistic nature of her subjects. Sometimes the lovely nature of California (where she has lived for the past 14 years) shines through in her work or the dramatic colors and shapes of Icelandic nature.
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