A Finnish illustrator, currently based in the UK, with a big love for anything to do with the natural world and fantasy creatures.

I work predominantly in digital media and I strive to create visually believable, atmospheric work.


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About the artist


I am a Finnish-born, currently UK based digital artist who specialises in realism and creating visually believable, atmospheric paintings in Photoshop.

I graduated in 2015 from Norwich University of Arts with a BA (Hons) in Illustration, and strive to improve my work every day to reach my goals, both personal and professional.

I am heavily influenced by the natural world around us, both the creatures and environments –  there’s something about all the different textures especially on animals that keeps me hooked and feeds my attention to detail.

You can contact me by email at [email protected]

Recent clients include Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Sanoma, America’s Test Kitchen and Smithsonian.

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