Born in Stockholm, Martina is a seasoned observer of both the tangible and the ethereal. Drawing inspiration from places she's intimately connected to, such as Dartmoor, Gower, travels, and her native Sweden, her work paints an intimate tapestry of memory and emotion. However, Martina's artistic expression isn't limited to internal landscapes; she also ventures into the human form, works with life models, and delves into the abstract, challenging the viewer's perception and encouraging introspection. Each hue she employs resonates with personal significance, infusing her life models and abstract creations with a sense of aliveness.
Beginning her artistic journey at 18 with an exhibition in Stockholm, Martina pursued formal education in fine arts seven years later at the renowned Gerlesborgsskolan in Stockholm, followed by a BA in Fine Art in Wales.
Her studio, once open to the public during the Devon Open Studios, is now a private sanctuary in her garden. Her works have been showcased in Wales, Stockholm, Devon, and Bristol.
One of my favourite aspects of drawing and painting is that it is limitless. I might have a vague idea of what I like to create or allow a response to flow through me, but it is as if the clock resets for each work. I seldom know what will come; if I do, it's often stifled and boring. I like my creations to have an element of being alive from within.
I was interested in my dreams and subconscious already as a child. I've always had a vivid imagination. I remember wishing I had an internal camera to share this part of myself. I didn't know how to articulate myself back then. Often, I didn't have the words for my feelings or experiences. I relived the experience (in my head) many times to understand what I thought about it.
I've always been curious. In my studio, I often ask: "What would happen if I do this instead?" I don’t know how much work I have destroyed with this curiosity, but it has also made me progress and evolve.
Much like life, I embrace a multifaceted personality and an equally diverse approach to art. The prospect of ceasing to create is inconceivable; it's an integral part of my existence. It's a life mission.
One facet of my explorations that profoundly resonates with me is the journey of identity formation and the quest for authenticity in one's voice and expression. This fascination has led me to dedicate substantial time to crafting an online course that will soon become a reality. If this endeavour piques your interest, I welcome you to join me on this journey of self-discovery through art. I'd love to hear from you about this.