This title captivated me as I long for a more earthy connection.
Read about how Saga Mariah Sandberg from Sweden absorbs and channels her woodland environnment into her beautiful art via this link – https://anotherescape.com/featured-stories/raised-by-the-forest
Meantime – her is a delightful taset of the whole article – read and be enchanted and encouraged as a nature artist…
“From an early age, I would draw everything around our farm – anything I saw, I drew it,” she smiles. “My drawings were studies, but we didn’t realise it at the time. I was only about eight. I would sit there with my pens and crayons and draw what I saw. I had my first exhibition when I was 11. It was at my school. My dad had been promoted at work and had been given a fountain pen. One day, when he wasn’t home, I went and took it and sketched with it. The drawings looked beautiful. My parents were at first really angry, and then they were super impressed. They showed the headteacher the drawings, and he decided to have an exhibition, so they hung my cat and bird studies in the school. I was both very embarrassed and very proud.
…and you might like this bit about when she decides to leave her well-paid job for an artistic life –
“When I rang my parents to tell them I was thinking of leaving my well-paid, respectable job, I was worried what they would say,” she admits. “I was the girl who kept snakes and insects as a child and then did three years education at an expensive school in Stockholm and got a top job immediately, and now, here I was, about to turn it down. Interestingly, my mother said, ‘I’m so happy you are saying this because I just couldn’t picture you in an office. I just can’t see it in my imagination’. She couldn’t see me locked up inside, under artificial lighting and wearing expensive, flashy clothing, and admitted she’d be more devastated if she thought that that was going to be my life now.