"My art is a quiet voice from within, a visual translation of my soul journey. My love for nature and studies of TAO philosophy and the theory of Yin and Yang plays an important part of it all. The philosophical goal of achieving balance is the guiding light in my creative process."
Elin Hannah lives and works in the outer West coast district of Norway, where the sea meets the sky. The expansive surfaces of the artist’s paintings express in minimalist form, the convergence between the natural coastal landscape where she grew up, and also has returned – and life its self. Elin’s art is deeply rooted in her temperament, and her creative expression is directly connected to her emotional impressions. Where there are contrasts, balance and harmony is created – both in her life and on canvas. Although technique can be learned, genuine emotion must be experienced in order to be transferred into visual art. The character of her paintings is a result of who she fundamentally is.
In 2013, following a rigorous admission process, she became a jury-recommended member of NFUK, the Norwegian Association of Independent Artists. Elin’s motivation has always been the joy of expression and developing as an artist – nevertheless; this membership, which is awarded solely on artistic grounds, has provided further inspiration to reach her simple goals: to evoke, to inspire, and to complement. Elin’s works feature delicate, minimalistic forms painted with rough techniques. From absolute contrasts she draws a balance and equilibrium, producing thought-provoking harmonic landscapes. Stormy seas, meditative light on the horizon and dramatic, intense feelings convey, in an interplay with the title of the work, an atmosphere, a story or a journey of life. Her paintings often resemble an emotional approach.
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