While I was working on the Human nature series, I felt like doing more with the animals I was using. So I decided to make portraits of them. This is the result. It gives an idea of the variety of mammals and birds that live in Norway. Although I like all animals, I find birds and mammals the most interesting to draw and paint. I love the texture of their fur and feathers, their lively eyes and the expression in their faces. They also react differently to to humans than for example insects or fish. I find that very fasinating. Some mammals feel like colleagues, or sometimes even friends.

All paintings measure abaout 15x20 cm, and are made in gouache and mixed media.