As a young child I showed
an unequivocal aptitude for drawing and painting. My fascination
for animals and wild nature naturally influenced my choice
of subject matter. I cannot say if man's interest in birds
is innate, only that it has been a part of me for as long
as I can recall and that my preoccupation with birds as well
as drawing continued unabated.
1979 is marked for a long-cherished dream
coming true: I had my first exhibition in the town of Borås
in Sweden. And because sales surpassed my wildest expectations
I have, since then, dedicated myself fully to what I like
doing best – painting animals and birds. Only in later
years has writing been added to the list. My first book 'Meet
the golden eagle' was published in 1997.
'Northern birds of prey and owls' appeared
in 2001 and was, to my great surprise, chosen by the World
Wildlife Fund (WWF) for their '2002 Panda Book of the Year'.
My third book was published 2004 – 'Distant Islands,
Svalbard and the Falkland Islands'. (The three books are only
in swedish language).
From early on distant islands caught my imagination.
Through my work I feel privileged in having had rare opportunities
in getting to places far away from the madding crowd, to such
distant places as the Isle of May off Scotland's east coast,
the Faroes, the island of Værøy in the Lofoten
archipelago, to Trinidad and Tobago. Svalbard and the Falkland
Islands quickly became favourite destinations.
All my life I have been deeply involved in
the work of preserving threatened species, e.g. Eagle Owl,
Peregrine Falcon and the Golden Eagle. I have also been involved
with the Artists for Nature Foundation (ANF), an organization
set up by artists from all over the World to represent fragile
and threatened natural habitats worldwide. E.g. bookprojekts
in India. Peru, Alaska, Spain, Poland and The Netherlands.