Fairy Tale Inspiration

Growing up in Denmark I heard, read, performed Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales and in college I studied them. Since, I have painted some as shown here. His stories are often dark, sad, and scary. As often ancient folk tales told are.

The Little Mermaid becomes sea foam and rises as a spirit to the sky at the end. In the Snow Queen, young Gerda seeks young Kai who was taken by the Snow Queen and has to conquer bad spirits with good spirits to bring him back.  The girl with the red shoes dances herself to death and rises as a spirit at the end. The Little Match Girl freezes to death but joins her beloved grandmother in heaven. Redemption found in spirit.

How much will this fairy tale spirit inspire and influence my storytelling? Who knows? All I know is that I’m drawn to it; that I seek out movies with fairy tale themes; that I’m attracted to the magical realism genre; and that I like the simplicity of written fairy tales.


  1. First of all I love your paintings. They look really good. Coming to the stories of these fairy tales they indeed are dark, but these conflicts give them their depths and shades. We see inspiration there, don’t we – and since life imitates art and art imitates life, we’ll continue to worship beauty and beast 🙂

  2. I have not heard from many people that they love my paintings. I am happy to hear from one! Thank you Mahesh, for loving them and for looking deeper into them 😉

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