Anna-Maria Johansson inspired by her home island Gotland – the nature, the serenity, the calmness, she brings in the contrast between country and city through her paintings. She will be part of the Tatinis Art Show from 24th – 26th May 2019 at the F1 Pit Building.
I originally come from the island of Gotland, which is located in the middle of the Baltic Sea. About 15 years ago I moved from the island and now live in Stockholm. I have a past that, among other things, as a farmer and as a teacher, the desire to express myself creatively has always been within me. Throughout my life I have devoted myself to some form of creative expression such as singing, writing, textiles, form and colour. Painting I found when I had signed up for a course in Vedic Art. On the course I had painted my first painting, since then there has been no return and the life as a painter has changed me. Painting has taught me that everything starts with a dot. If the journey over the canvas, or in life, didn’t turn out the way I expected, I can just start with a new dot and the journey will find new ways to travel. Nothing can go wrong, it can just be different.
It is important for me that my art touches the viewer. Perhaps it touches with joy and confidence, which is something that comes to my mind when I create my paintings. I also want my art to show the beauty in life, in the world. My art expresses calm, brittleness, the magic of what is around us and also what we cannot see with the naked eye, a spiritual dimension and a sense of trust.
I am inspired by life, nature and music. Gotland, my home island and its nature, is particularly important to me as a source of inspiration. There I find my peace and my strength. Gotland gives me the important contrasts between country and city. The contrasts that makes my creation not stagnate. It is more exception than rule that I listen to music when I create. Music makes me focus but also to give my paintings a deeper message. Often times a music text or a melody sticks to me, to my soul, which is reflected in the painting.
I paint with acrylic on canvas. Many of my paintings also feature elements of other materials. I love structure and use what I think feels right for the moment. My egg paintings, for example, all have bible leaves and dried seeds from flowers as a structure.
“An egg or a seed is the beginning of all life” – which is something I want to convey in my egg paintings. A new life is the greatest love that the universe and we who live here can convey. As long as there is life, there is hope.