Native art

Native art comes in many forms. In fact, it is more like a genre in any form of art. It represents the rich aboriginal culture in any art form. From music to clothing. From silverware to paintings. From jewelry to literature. 

I have always liked Native art. There is something magical in it. It tells a story of hundreds of years and it is meaningful. Also the lines and the colors are exceptional. I find it warm and very suitable for a contemporary home.

One of the most popular forms of Native art is found in jewelry. The jewelry is rich in symbolicism and the ideas mainly are from nature. The jewelry is detailed and beautifully finished. It is made suitable for any budget as the materials vary. The modern jewelry, often rich in detail but exiguous in impression, brightens up any outfit. 

The jewelry is detailed and beautifully finished. It is made suitable for any budget as the materials vary.

My favourite form of Native art comes in wall art. I love the paintings and statues. I love the soft lines of wood and the determined drawings. The bold non-apologetic drawings with a deeper meaning. The layered pictures that capture the mind. The calming or up-lifting stories behind the shown pictures.

The Sun by S. Nelson

My home office walls carry a beautiful yet small collection of Native art. In the future I wish to collect more of these unique hand-made treasures, but I want to hand-pick the right pieces. The best place to find this beautifulart is no doubt the West Coast. Vancouver alone accommodates tens of high quality galleries which sell the most beautiful pieces of First Nations art. Visiting these galleries opens a whole new world in understanding Native art. If you have never had the chance to get acquainted with First Nation’s art before the UBC Museum of Antropology is a good place to start your journey. The museum gives a load of valuable information and shows true masterpieces of Native art such as the magnificent sculpture by Bill Reid called “The Raven and the First Men“. 
The Raven an the First Men by Bill Reid. Photo curtesy of

To my eye the contemporary home should hold interesting pieces of art. Pieces that are more than meets the eye. The art of the First Nations is a perfect choice to complete a straightforward interior style.

“Salmon” by L.A. Wilson and “Coast Salish Orca” by Alfred Crocker
Raven by John Bee


A Mandala over a modern fireplace gives the room a contemporary look.
My livingroom has a beautiful contemporary fireplace in the middle of the room. On both sides of the fireplace are large windows that bring a lot of natural light into the room. The sun shines in during the evenings and really opens up the garden, bringing it as a part of our livingroom.

I do not want curtains for my livingroom. I do not want to hide the light nor the nature. The Venetian blinds are enough for the large screens and they give enough privacy when it is needed. They also control the amount of light in the room, at the same time helping that the room does not get too warm. By not having curtains I also wanted to create a space that resembles to an atelier or a loft. 

To really salute the high ceilings I needed an interesting center piece on top of the fireplace. I wanted it to be soothing yet interesting. Beautiful yet modern. Artistic but not imperative. I needed the center piece to be fresh yet timeless. And I wanted it to be original, not a copy of a masterpiece in some museum.

As I set my mind on Mandala, I knew I wanted nothing else. My husband did not quite see at first what I had in mind, but he trusts me and told me I can choose whatever makes me happy. Let me tell you, that finding a Mandala was totally a different story! At some point I  thought booking tickets and flying to Thailand would be the easiest way to get one! It seemed impossible to find handmade Mandala with customized color from here.

At some point I thought booking tickets and flying to Thailand would be the easiest way to get one! It seemed impossible to find handmade Mandala with customized color from here.

After hours of searching the internet I found a small store which sells Mandalas and ships them worldwide. Siam Sawadee has a beautiful collection of Mandalas for which you can choose your own finishing color. All the Mandalas are handmade. The customer service was outstanding! And the shipment was prompt and the Mandala was well-backed. I truly, truly recommend Eve Naewmuang and her little shop!

And what comes to the Mandala… Well, take a look. It is stunning! Perfect in quality and the most beautiful piece of art I could have ever chosen for my livingroom!

The open concept livingroom offers a calming and soothing place to relax for the whole family.
The different patterns create a playfull and joyfull atmosphere for the livingroom.
The room offers a lot of seating for cozy get-togethers.

The Kiss

Sometimes the smallest things matter. Like the art you choose for your home. It sends out a message of who you are and what are your values in life. 

To me art is a critical part of a room. It either brights up my day or it brings me down. Even if I do understand the need of an artist to express also the dark and gloomy side of life, I do not wish to carry such pieces in my home. A great piece of art wakes up your imagination, cheers you up, gives you joy. It can make it in the form of a color combination, in a memory it takes you into, or in a shape. It can be smooth to touch or intresting to look at.

A great piece of art wakes up your imagination, cheers you up, gives you joy. 

When I set my eyes on The Kiss, I knew I wanted it. The shape of this wooden sculpture is unique in its simplicity. It has such an interesting blend of sensuality in it. There is nothing to add, nothing that could be taken away. It simply is. 

When choosing art for your home my advice is simple. If you like it, keep it!

The Kiss – a sensual wooden sculpture

The beauty of a kiss. Where do I start and you begin?
The Kiss – a sensual wooden sculpture
The Kiss – a sensual wooden sculpture

Fine Art: A Girl with a red bucket

As I have mentioned before, my late mother was an artist. She used to paint sometimes days in, days out. And I as a little girl loved watching her paint; while she was painting she was happy. She was in her own world, where no-one could reach her. In her happy-place.

My other blog┬áis a contribution to my mother’s work.

I have always liked to draw. To take photos. To play with clay. But I had never touched oil colors. A year ago, after I had been seriously ill, my darling husband wanted to cheer me up. When I got home from the hospital a set of oil colors and canvases were waiting me at home. It was time for me to brake the barrier. To paint what I wanted to see with my heart.

This painting is my first oil on canvas painting. A girl with a red bucket on a beach. My daughter. My beautiful daughter and her dog. Out in the fresh air. By the sea. Sea – my happy place.

Emma ja nelson taulu