Astrid’s father, Oscar 'Orrie' Nordness studied art in Chicago and spent many years as a commerical artist in NY, while enjoying painting on the side. He was highly encouraging of her talents, and taught her “how to see things, how to be clear about the big picture before the details.” With Astrid in tow, her father frequented museums and browsed art books, which contributed to her high esteem of teaching as a profession. She planned on teaching high school students and graduated from the College of Staten Island City University of New York with BA degrees in Fine Arts, English Literature and a minor in Secondary Education. After student teaching, however, she opted for mentoring young artists—an instruction path she continues to devote time to.
Astrid’s love for animals has always been intertwined with her art. Seemingly a natural extension of this fondness, she did pet portraiture for years. “It took a while to realize how much pursuing art for money was killing my creativity. Ironically, I’ve consistently made more income from doing what I love, and not thinking about the money.” She painted with acrylics and did work in digital photography up until 2004, when Astrid discovered ceramics. Presently, her highly colorful works are studded by images from rubber stamps she constructs to imprint clay. She still paints and uses her stamps and designs not only on canvas, but also on furniture.
Astrid’s work has been shown at Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock, NY; The Arts Upstairs, Phoenicia NY; 60 Main, Phoenicia, NY; and Tivoli Artist Coop; Tivoli, NY. Astrid contributed to Trout Unlimited’s Leaping Trout Art Trail project, and on the Leaping Trout Art Trail brochure, where her trout was chosen to grace the cover. Winner of Coyote Glaze Competition - 2013, her work was also purchased by Coyote Clay and Color Company for their brochure.
Specialties include ceramic accent tiles for backsplash and floors.