About

Welcome to my Website.

I am an artist and a storyteller, originally from Denmark, where I grew up and went to primary school. I immigrated to California in 1979, a young woman in my twenties, with my husband and young children.

I am now a mature woman who knows what she likes to spend her time on: storytelling, whether on canvas or on paper. I am drawn to figures, to characters and to relationships between people.

When my children went to college, so did I and studied art at community college. I was fortunate to transfer to UC Berkeley where I obtained my B.A. in Scandinavian Studies. From there I went to University of Washington and received my M.A. in Scandinavian Languages and Literature. My literary influences of Scandinavia are:

Hans Christian Andersen, Søren Kierkegaard, Karen Blixen (aka Isak Dinesen), Henrik Ibsen, August Strindberg, J.P. Jacobsen, Amalie Skram, Selma Lagerlöf, Peter Høeg, Tove Ditlevsen, Pia Tafdrup.

Other influences are: Franz Kafka, Willa Cather, Doris Lessing, Toni Morrison, Alice Munro, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Annie Dillard, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Carl Jung, and Joseph Campbell.

My artistic influences are:

Edvard Munch, Richard Diebenkorn, Louise Bourgeois, Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon, Egon Schiele, James Ensor, Hung Liu, Frida Kahlo, Alice Neel, Kiki Smith.

I have discovered that I gravitate towards everything Nordic – which is apparent in my art – so I have launched a website on Nordic news, trends and insights, NordicLike.com

 

Thanks for following.

26 Comments »

  1. Hello Elizabeth. I think you’re the first boomer to contact me on my blog, and it’s a delight to meet you. I’m truly impressed by the fact that you’re Danish. I adore Denmark and if I had the time I’d happily learn the language. Like you, I’m writing, and there never seems to be much time for a great deal else, even though I’m retired. Being a ‘boomer’ is great fun, I agree. There’s still so much to be learned about life, and possibilities to explore. I’ll look forward to reading more of your posts.

    • Thank you Millie!
      I’m glad to meet you on WordPress. Great to know another boomer. Yes, life is full and rich and lovely to be had. I think it is great that you are interested in the Viking era – Denmark and England were very involved in those times.
      Have you read the sagas? They represent great storytelling!

      • I can’t claim to have read all the sagas. Shall we say, I’ve dipped into them frequently during research for my books. I agree, they are fascinating. I don’t know what your writing involves, but I wish you success with it.

      • Thank you Millie! I love fairytales but am writing contemporary stories about the human condition (which in a way, we all do). I’m writing a novel about a small town (like the one I live in) and the people there. I do have a crime, so I guess my genre is mystery. As you probably know, lots of crime fiction comes out of Scandinavia, so it may be in my blood…HA. This is my first attempt and I was going to write a short story collection, because I love short stories! I may still do that, simultaneously. I have many short stories started…

      • Then I wish you every success with your short stories as well as your novel. I read a lot of crime novels, although I wouldn’t know where to start in writing one. All the forensics and police procedure to research is a bit daunting. I write historical fiction, which I also love, simply because I love history. A crime novel with a historical setting is extra good!

  2. Anyone who can appreciate both the magical realism of Garcia Marquez and the severe modernism of Ernest Hemingway is a true lover of literature. Consider me a frequent visitor here.

  3. A few months later: Thank You Mahesh! You have been following me with appreciated dedication. I have been busy painting and doing art, besides writing blogs. 🙂

  4. Hi, Elizabeth! I’ve been looking around your blog. Very nice! I especially loved seeing your flower photography. Gorgeous–especially the peonies (just now blooming where I live)! Thanks so much for the recent follow. I think retirement is a most wondrous adventure. A time to discover who we ‘really’ are! I love the way you blend working on art and writing.
    Cheers!
    Elouise

    • Thank you Elouise, for your kind words and for your visit to my blog. So much fun to meet with like-minded people on WordPress 🙂

  5. Hi Elizabeth,
    Happy belated Birthday dear Elizabeth! My thoughts are with you ……..I wanted to send you a e-mail but your address must have changed?
    Please keep me updated, would love to connect with you.
    Warmest wishes,
    Constanze

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