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Aina in studio

Aina in her studio

A child of a Norwegian father and a Spanish mother, Aina spent her early years toggling between school in the frigid north to hot summers in the heart of Spain — a life that was bound to teach her many languages. Five to be exact. Add to that sum Aina’s study of various “languages” in the visual arts. First with her mother on painting excursions to the “White Villages” in the south of Spain, practicing in her mother’s studio in Seville, and then being instructed formally in art school where she was required to copy the Old Masters, including Velasquez, Vermeer and Goya.

white villages

One of the “White Villages” in southern Spain

Copying was not to her liking at all, so Aina studied contemporary art on the side–what little there was available in books and museums. This time she was positively influenced by Edvard Munch, Henri Matisse, and Amedeo Modigliani. On her own she discovered how to abstract from reality, making her own compositions through intuitive color and energetic brush strokes.

#1395 Isaak Albeniz, SEVILLA, 20x20

# 1395 Issak Albeniz, Sevilla

As a young adult Aina’s knowledge of languages landed her a job as a translator at the US Air Force Base in Seville, and that is where she met and married an American pilot. She, her husband and four children moved around a lot: to the US and then on to Brazil for five years and finally to Washington DC area in 1972. In each place, Aina learned more about contemporary art and became confident in her own expressions. Now she lives Lewes, DE, where the ocean inspires her daily, though seascapes are not in her repertoire. Aina paints full time, exhibiting at the shore, at Touchstone Gallery and at other venues throughout the US.

#1397 Jules Massenet, MEDITATION, from Thais,

#1397 Jules Massenet, Meditation, from Thais

Her current exhibit “Fragments of Classical Music” culminates in square acrylic paintings inspired by both classical and Spanish Flamenco music, the latter being predominantly red; the former in other warm hues. If you listen carefully, you may just hear language of music pulsing out from each canvas accompanied by the vibrant language of color that speaks to your eyes. June 7-30, 2013


#1399 Bach, Brandenburg concerto #3