A first generation American, Anneli Skaar has a strong connection to her ancestral home in Scandinavia. Fluent in Norwegian. Anneli moved to Norway from California at 18, to attend the National Academy of Arts in Oslo where she received her B.A. After living and working in Oslo, Norway for over a decade, she returned to the Northeast and has since made midcoast Maine her home.
Common themes in Skaar’s work include solitude and a yearning for connection and the sacred through natural landscapes and seascapes, very often represented by arctic vistas which are informed by her frequent study trips north to Norway, Iceland, and Greenland. The paintings are observational studies re-imagined to a dreamlike world, often set in the twilight hours between light and darkness, where future resolutions and possibilities are ambiguous and undefined.