With each new issue of our magazine we feature handpicked artists in our magazine as well as in our banner space gallery here on our website. Our first featured artist for the Creatures of Light and Darkness issue is the intriguingly good work of artist Maria Trolle.

name: Maria Trolle, age :34, city: Stockholm
title: designer and illustrator
family: Married to Stefan. Mother of two, Ulf 4,5 years and Viola 21 months + bonus child Melker 14 years


Tell us your story? How did you end up doing what you do? 
I've always made pictures and been creative, but my path hasn't been very straight to where I am today. To make a long story short, I educated as a Graphic designer 10 years ago at Bergh’s School of communications in Stockholm. For a couple of years I worked at design agencies doing packaging design amongst others things. But I didn't feel that a design agency career was for me, so I started up my own business. I do a lot of packaging design in my own business as well and I really do like it. But I think that deep down I've always known that my interest lies more in making pictures, being an artist and illustrator. I think I needed to mature enough to be honest about what I really wanted to do, and just go after that dream. Once I figured that out, everything has fallen to place really, and one thing has lead to another. This spring I got contacted by my publisher Pagina, who wanted me to make an art book (“Blomstermandala”, Flower Mandala, red.) with them, and that was a dream coming true. Next year we will release new projects.

What's the best part?
I love, love, love my work! To draw and be creative for a living is a wonderful gift every single day.

The worst part?
It can be quite stressful from time to time, especially since my drawing style is very detailed.

If you weren’t doing this - then what would you be doing?
I think I would have loved to work as a Marin Biologist or a Gardener.

What makes you very happy?
My family, drawing and creating, yoga, meditation, picking flowers, gardening, the ocean.

What are your future ambitions professionally?
I want to write and draw children’s books.


3 words that capture the very essence of your artwork?
Storytelling, quirkiness, vividness.

3 most important things to you when working?
Music, peace of mind, feeling of calm.

3 best sources of inspiration?
Nightly dreams. Meditation. My garden.

Creatures of Light and Darkness

How does winter impact you?
I get so much more tired and anti-social during the winter months. But I kind of like it too, though. It’s easier to work in a way because there is nothing outside to distract you. During summer seasons it’s hard to stay inside and work, especially when you have a garden. I think the transitions between the seasons are the worst, like when going from fall to winter.

You live in Sweden - how do you feel about the darkness of the winter months?
The darkness is perhaps the hardest part about winter, the days feels so short when it is dark at 15 PM. But still it is kind of cosy too, lighting fires in the fireplace and snuggling up with your family. And the garden is in winter sleep so you get some well needed rest from the garden for a couple of months.

Do you integrate thoughts about life cycles, death and birth in you work?
When I do commissioned commercial work I adjust to whatever expectations my customers have, but when I work with my own projects I touch those subjects from time to time.