Dryads

Dryads are mythological tree spirits that live in the forest and take care of the trees, animals and other living things in their forest. They will defend their forest from threats, intruders and destroyers of nature.

Dryads come in many forms. In my paintings I portray various types of trees as dryads.

All dryad paintings are available as prints!

Meet my dryads!

The Migrant dryad

painting of migrant dryad

Climate change forces many species out of their usual habitat. Even forests are migrating north and into higher altitudes. Pines, spruce, oaks, maples and many more are trying to find better living conditions, trying to find a new home as their old one becomes too hot or too dry. Some tree species move an average of 1 to 1,5 kilometres a year.

Here is my interpretation of the tree migration. The dryad is guiding a young sapling into new, previously unknown places. The sapling is looking back to where it came from, maybe longing for its family.

Watercolour painting, ca. 30x40cm, 2022

For sale - price on request

Prints available

The Aurora Dryad

painting of aurora dryad

The aurora dryad is a dryad of the North. Her hair is inspired by beard lichen, a hanging kind of lichen that feeds wild animals and reindeer in times of snow. This kind of lichen is very sensitive to air pollution and if you find it growing in nature, it means the air in the area is very clean.

In her hair she wears glacier buttercups, a hardy flower that can be found in the hightest mountain regions in Scandinavia.

And of course the aurora borealis, or northern lights, a phenomenon that you can best observe in the far North.

Watercolour painting, ca. 30x40cm, 2022

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The Dryad with the Cherry Earring

painting of cherry dryad

Inspired by Vermeer's ”Girl with a Pearl Earring” (1665), the cherry dryads seems just as mysterious. Cherry trees have a shifting beauty. Most of the year they are unobtrusive, making themselves small – only once a year they show their full potential in bright pink colours.

Watercolour painting, ca. 30x40cm, 2022

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The Maple Dryad

painting of maple dryad

Dryads not only protect the trees of their forest, but also the animals that live here. The maple dryad provides shelter and delicious seeds to one of her good friends, the hawfinch.

Watercolour painting, ca. 30x40cm, 2022

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The Weeping Willow Dryad

painting of willow dryad

Have you ever wondered what the weeping willow is mourning? Maybe it is the deforestation killing her family, the destruction of nature all around us.

Watercolour painting, ca. 30x40cm, 2020

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The Apple Dryad

painting of apple dryad

In the beginning, there was a dryad. Then, there was a god. There never was a snake...

Watercolour painting, ca. 30x40cm, 2020

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The Eucalyptus Dryad

painting of eucalyptus dryad

This painting came into being during the devastating Australian wildfires in the beginning of 2020. Eucalyptus dryads are particularly loved by the koalas, who have uniquely evolved to be able to live off the poisonous eucalyptus leaves. Sadly, in the course of the bushfires, entire landscapes have burned and the koalas have lost their habitat. This dryad is a call for action and a warning to us humans.

Watercolour painting, ca. 30x40cm, 2020

For sale - price on request. 30% of the sale will go to WIRES Australian wildlife fund!

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The Winter Dryad

painting of winter dryad

This dryad is inspired by pine trees in the far North, bent down by the heavy load of thick snow. In winter, I imagine, the tree spirits are sleeping.

Watercolour painting, ca. 30x40cm, 2020

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The Chestnut Dryad

painting of chestnut dryad

This dryad is an old, wizened chestnut in autumn colours, holding in her hands the fruit of her life and promise of the future - the chestnut.

Watercolour painting, ca. 30x40cm, 2019

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The Redwood Dryad

painting of redwood dryad

Redwoods, or sequoias, are some of the tallest trees on earth. They are specifically adapted to and actually thrives in forest fires. In the heat of the fire she releases her seeds and the seedlings grow from the fertile ashes.

Watercolour painting, ca. 30x40cm, 2019

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The Birch Dryad

painting of birch dryad

The birch is one of the most common trees in Sweden, so naturally the local tree spirits would be birch dryads, taking care of and giving life to nature.

Watercolour painting, ca. 30x40cm, 2018

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Dryad Mother Oak

painting of oak dryad

Trees have a tough upbringing. Most seeds, if they are not carried far by the wind or animals, fall in the direct vicinity of the tree and thus the saplings compete against the parent tree for light, water and nutrition. What seems like a disadvantage at first glance has its benefits - the young trees are schooled to grow straight, towards the light that is so much more plentiful in the heights, rather than wasting energy into ineffective directions. They grow slowly and develop a thick, sturdy stem and bark that can withstand storms and parasites, rather than having growth spurts and developing into a brittle tree. They stretch their roots deep into the ground, stand steady and find water even during dry times of the year. It is only when the parent tree dies and falls that the strong children get a chance to grow to full size. Mother Oak, in all her austerity, raises her children to live long and healthy lives.

Watercolour painting, ca. 30x40cm, 2018

For sale - price on request

Prints available