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 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

For sale - price on request

Prints available

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

For sale - price on request

Prints available

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!

Prints available

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

For sale - price on request

Prints available

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

For sale - price on request

Prints available

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

For sale - price on request

Prints available

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

For sale - price on request

Prints available

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