The Canvas | Randi Grace Nilsberg
31 December 2015
Randi Nilsberg was born in Workington, England in 1961, but lived most of her life in Horten, Norway. When she was a teenager she came across a beautiful picture of a snow covered apple in National Geographic and she thinks it was at this moment that her interest in photography was aroused.
Mostly self-taught, Randi's aim is to showcase something extraordinary and beautiful in the mundane and to provide us with a moment’s escape from reality... a short break from everyday life. She finds inspiration everywhere; on travels, through music, light and shadows, nature and other artists. Almost anything can give her the desire to create something and she then digitally processes her images to bring out the mood she wants to convey.
Today, her images can be seen and purchased from online galleries in the United States, India, England and Norway. A small selection has been exhibited digitally in San Francisco and will move on to other large cities in the United States like Los Angeles , Chicago and New York.
What are you currently working on?
Since it’s springtime I try to shoot as many flowers as I can. That way I will have enough to work with during the winter.
Has your art or approach/method changed over the years and if so, how?
I do more still life photography than I used to, and I edit my images more digitally, adding textures, making collages, etc.
What made you join Body of Art?
I saw a fellow artist’s virtual gallery and thought it was awesome! Then I told him that I wanted one too!
What is your biggest ambition as an artist?
I want to make enough money doing what I love and be able to travel more to shoot more interesting places. I also wish to contribute to people’s lives by offering them a few minutes escape through my art.
If you could own any piece of artwork, what would it be and why?
I have set my eyes on a few pieces by Paul Lovering. His portraits of celebrities are captivating. It feels like they’re in the same room with you.
What makes you laugh?
People with self-irony, children’s laughter and crazy ideas.
What is the central theme of your work, do you have one?
I don’t have a central theme. I have too many ideas in my head to settle with just one style.
Which of your works is your favourite? (provide image).
I’m quite happy with “Stand Alone”, but I also like “Solitude” and “Message for You”. If you ask me tomorrow I will probably have a different answer. I change my mind all the time.
What is your favourite word, the word you tend to use more often?
Success! I will have it one day!
If you could choose any new skill that you could master, which would you choose?
Playing the piano and some kind of glass art.
What makes you angry?
People who ask for advice but have no intention of listening. Injustice, stinginess and people who use others.
When you were a child, what did you want to be?
Photographer in National Geographic or helicopter pilot.
Who would you like to meet and what question would you want to ask them?
No one in particular. Most people have an interesting story to share. I think if I had to choose I would pick someone criminal and ask them where it all went wrong, and what should have been done differently to keep them on the right track. Maybe we all could learn something about caring for young people when they need it the most.
What do you consider the greatest invention of all time?
Cameras and computers.
What would be your worst nightmare?
Losing someone I care for or getting seriously ill.
If you could go down the history books and be remembered for something, what would you want that to be?
That I did something good and changed someone’s life just by being me or even touching someone’s heart through my art.
What would you scribble on a wall of world’s greatest quotes?
You can be what you want if you want it enough.
If you had to give art students today some advice, what would it be?
Don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done. Set a goal and stay focused on reaching it!
Where on the web can we find you?
FAA : http://randi-grace-nilsberg.artistwebsites.com/
Twitter : @ RandiGraceNilsb
Pinterest : http://www.pinterest.com/randigracenilsb/
Zazzle : http://www.zazzle.com/randigrace
Norwegian store: www.graceful.no
UK store: http://www.photo4me.com/canvasprints/Nilsberg
5 of Randi's images will be shown on a digital canvas in Venice Arts Gallery in Los Angeles, June 28-30, 2014.
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