Volume 4 Issue 3
a b o u t t h e a r t i s t
Annika Wide is a Swedish artist who now lives in Savanna Paille, Dominica, in the north. She is an internationally recognised artist who has been creating works for more than 40 years. She has a Masters in Fine Arts. She works in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, carving and illustration. Her works have been on exhibit in countless shows in Sweden including the Stockholm Salon, Stockholm; Galleri Skånes Honst, Malmö; Ystad Art Museum, and in Denmark and Paris. Several of her works are in official Swedish collections including His Majesty the King of Sweden's collection, Trellesborgs Museum and the State Arts Council. Annika has won the Professional Artist Grant in 1977, 1984, 1985 and in 1991. Since 1997 she has been living and working in the Caribbean which reflects in her work.
a b o u t t h e w o r k
Acrylic on canvas
"My favourite is the 'Bananaquit', the photo was taken by my good friend Niels Larsen (he is a birdwatcher) and he gave me permission to paint it
My usual way to make a painting starts with moving around with a camera with which I do half of the job; that is the motif, the atmosphere, the light, colours and composition. Thereafter it is studio work. A slow process of building up the picture in layers and layers of water thin paint. I am always trying to heighten the feeling of light and expression in the picture, 'over-emphasise' it, if you will, and still not step over 'the line'. And to me, art is about love. The picture can be just about anything, it doesn't matter, as long as the heart is there."