Published May. 20. 2015

Artist of the Month - Anne Juul Christophersen

It has always been a dream for me that I could work from home so I would not need get up in the morning and take a job just to make money. I always wanted to be my own boss. Today I work only with my art and the art school “Annes Atelier”

When- and where were you born?

I was born in 1972 in Halling/Denmark - deep in the countryside, on a smallholding. In fact, in an alcove - at home on the smallholding. (Yes, it sounds a bit as if I was born in the 1880s). My parents were both from Aarhus/Denmark, but had an idea that one could live like an idyllic Morten Korch country life. I could not - and certainly not up through poor eighties.

Where did you grow up and where have you lived?

Throughout my childhood and youth, I lived in the countryside. Most of the time the middle of Djursland 7 km outside the city of Kolind. We had cows, pigs, horses, sheep, chickens, cats and dogs. I have always loved to stay in the country side and am now living with my family in the marshes of Southwest Jutland. For me it is important to be able to pull back from "reality" - and the wide open spaces here in the flat land is perfect for that. We live on a former farm, at the end of a 700 meter long gravel road. The landscape is harsh, - all cute-idyll is shaved off. The wind is strong. The few trees that stand here, are leaning to the east. Nature is right here and now, when we open the door or look out the window. In spring and autumn, the fields around us are visited by 1,000's of geese. Pheasants, deer, foxes and hares live on the fields and in ditches around us.

How did you become an artist?

Art has always been a big part of my life. My father was an architect - and as my parents in my early teens gave up their Morten Korch adventure, they opened an architectural drawing studio. Both my mother and grandfather were also artists. In this way it has always been natural for me to draw and paint. In addition, my parents had many art books that spend time to study since my childhood. So being an artist, has never been an outright choice – it was just a natural option - a way of perceiving the world, I think.

Where do you find your inspiration and motivation?

In my paintings. I always find inspiration in “myself” and examine my own perceptions of the border between good and evil, right and wrong, confidence and anxiety.

I think I have an inner "motivation kettle", always working hard. In a sense  it makes everything very easy, when there is always a fiercely burning drive within me, but at the same time it is important to keep up and not crash along the way.

How would you describe your style?

I think probably that it can be called a kind of surreal magic realism.

How have you used artmoney? Do you have any suggestions on how other artists make the most of their artmoney?

I have been fascinated by the whole concept of artmoney right from the very beginning. Through the years I have made many artmoney and both sold them and used them as payment. It's great to be able to do it. Today I am so busy with my paintings, that it will not be as many artmoney as before. However, I have a plan, every year - up to Christmas - to make a small series artmoney and donate money from their sale to charity. Last Christmas money went to Mothers Help Christmas aid Collection.

When you are not "artist", who are you?

I guess I'm already so much “me” that there is not that much difference. But one thing that maybe sticks out a bit is that I am a total film-geek. I love to watch a good movie like "Pan's Labyrinth" or an old horror film. It may for example be an old cult classic like "Evil Dead" or the more recent "Insidious". In addition, I will eat through a good series on Netflix or HBO. Here is the "Game of Thrones" high on the list - and also like such as "Family Guy." So yes, it points in all directions.

In fact, my husband, Jesper, and I are so film-geeky that we have to stop a movie and find out if the actor in the film, which looks like another actor from another movie, may be related. (Yes, it's pretty sick) ... However, there is seldom so much time to watch movies and series, and in fact we have no TV channels. All news material is found on the computer.

I am also very happy with our animals, dogs, cats and chickens. It is so incredibly easy with animals. They demand and expect nothing but love and food. No hidden agendas or unspoken conflicts. It is easy to understand.

What are your personal hopes and dreams?

I have already achieved many of the hopes and dreams I had. It has always been a dream for me that I could work from home so I would not need get up in the morning and take a job just to make money. I always wanted to be my own boss. Today I work only with my art and the art school “Annes Atelier”, which I started January 1st, 2013 along with my husband who is an arts writer, photographer and IT guru.

It's a great way of life - and I have been able to immerse myself 100% in my art and at the same time help others who want to pursue their art - and even with the person I love the most. It really is a dream come true.

What are your dreams and desires for the world we live in?

That mankind could learn to take a deep breath and think twice before acting.

What will you tell the reader, if you get perfect freedom of speech?

Be empathetic!

Have respect for your fellow man!



- Then most of the problems here on Earth would be solved.

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