Anneli Skaar on Matinicus Island ,  November 4, 2017.

Anneli Skaar on Matinicus Island ,  November 4, 2017.


A first generation American, artist and designer Anneli Skaar has a strong connection to her ancestral home in Scandinavia. Fluent in Norwegian. Anneli moved to Norway from California at 18, to attend the National Academy of Arts in Oslo where she received her B.A. After living and working in Oslo, Norway for over a decade, she returned to the Northeast and has since made midcoast Maine her home.

She divides her time as a practicing artist exhibiting in both Maine and Norway, and as the Creative Director at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine. She has given artist talks on her work at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and as a writer has also contributed essays on her arctic work to publications such as Maine Boats Homes and Harbors and the Icelandic-based publication Jewel of the North Atlantic.


I work primarily in oils, and common themes in my work include solitude, modern day isolation, and a yearning for connection and the sacred through natural landscapes and seascapes. These are very often represented by arctic vistas which are informed by the frequent study trips I have taken over the past several years north to Norway, Iceland, and Greenland.

Very often my paintings, drawings, and prints are observational studies re-imagined to a dreamlike world, set in the twilight hours between light and darkness, where future resolutions and possibilities are ambiguous and undefined.

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