Where do I live
I have lived several places but for most of my life I have lived in Oslo, the capitol of Norway where I live and work now.
What have I done
After several years of preliminary studies I studied graphic design, illustration and calligraphy at the Art and Handcraft School in Oslo for four years. Since then I have run my own design studio for 8 years, worked as designer and art director in a web bureau and I’ve worked freelance as a graphic designer, web designer, calligrapher and illustrator for several periods. Now I work in a small but very professional design/webdesign firm.
What do I like
Old fountain pens, old magazines and weeklies, fooling around telling bad jokes, spending time with my daughters and my girlfriend Ingrid, flea markets and curiosity shops, to travel, untouched nature, open fires, water in motion, walking in foul weather, having a good time with good friends, dark beer, red wine, night hours and late breakfasts.
Whom do I admire
Alquin of York, calligraphic teacher at the court of Charles the Great and the father of the Carolingian minuscule, the most beautiful alphabet of all times. Columbus, for being the first European to see the west cost of the American continent and the Pacific ocean and for choosing not to tell anyone before dictating his memories to his son on his death bed. Amelia Erhart for her courage. Lewis Carroll for writing Alice in Wonderland. A A Milne for writing Winnie the Pooh. R R Tolkien for writing The Lord of the Rings and Bryce Courtney for writing The Power of One.
What do I dislike
The humourless. Those who feel superior to others because of sex, religion, education, occupation, birthplace or other equally stupid reasons. The leaders of all rich nations for not doing anything with the hunger, poverty and illiteracy in the third world when we all know they have the power to do so. Those who put the rain forests in danger. Those who allows strip mining and others who can’t leave untouched nature alone. And last but not least Disney, for the blatant and reckless commercialising of Winnie the Pooh, the hero of my early childhood.