I'm Nina, welcome to my imaginative world! I am an artist and illustrator living my creative dream in Finland with my spouse and the cutest little poodle assistant eagerly participating in everything I do. I work mostly in wall art, picture books and editorial, but also love doing surface pattern design for bolt fabric and licensing.

My work is quirky with a twist, I aim to bring hope and joy but there is often a deeper level of understanding sadness and the importance of comfort. People often comment they see hope and consolation and softness, and I love hearing I am able to touch people's feelings. I bring a bit of myself into everything I do. I love colors and line, and working with hands and materials you can touch with your hands. My work often has a strong feeling of texture and I use mixed media varying materials.

One of the most meaningful projects for me has been painting a series of paintings for the Mother and Child Homes and Shelters in Finland, where my art will be used as a part of children's art therapy in situations where they have had to face violent situations.

I have written one and illustrated several childrens books. Two of these books have been made into puppet theatre shows touring around Finland and abroad, by the lovely Puppet Theatre Ofelia. The book Ruby Heart has also been published as translations in India and Abu Dhabi.


The first 15 paintings in the series Safe places to rest in, going to the Mother and Child Homes and Shelters for children's art therapy. I have the cutest little poodle assistant, she eagerly participates in everything I do, as you can see.

I am always learning new things and evolving my art. My first published book was a collection of Sami Earth Spirits Tales that I made with my classmate. We graduated with an award from the Communications Union as the Cultural Act of the Year in 2001. After graduation I have studied in workshops with the guidance of Svjetlan Junakovics and Isol Misenta, and I am also a graduate from the Lilla Rogers Studio Make Art That Sells A and B (2019). For the year 2020, I am just beginning painting classes online with 37 international artist tutors.


Making art has been a wonderful exciting path bringing some of the best people my way and taking me to the most wonderful surprising places.

Selected international group exhibitions:

It's Always Tea-Time 2015-2020 touring in Berlin, Copenhagen, Budapest, Oxford, Moscow,

Tallinn Illustration Triennial 2013 Tallinn Estonia,

Bratislava Illustration Biennial 2011 Bratislava Slovachia,

Draw Local, Think European 2007 Acapulco Mexico and Beijing China


Visual Artist of the Year in Sippolan Hovi 2009,

Young Visual Artist of the Year / Finnish Cultural Foundation 2006,

Cultural Act of the Year 2001 / Communications Union


Selected client list:

VIOLA - Free from Violence, The Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters, Lasten Keskus Publishing, Kirjapaja Publishing, Sanoma Pro Publishing, WSOY Pro Publishing, Kustannus-Puntsi Publishing, Cloetta Fazer, Church in Helsinki, Lasten Kirkko Magazine, Hyvä Terveys Magazine, KUULAS International Theatre Festival, Iitti Music Festival, Svenska Teatern (The Swedish Theatre), TAKU ry Facultyorganization for art and culture.

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