Anna Kerman is a Swedish born (b.1980) abstract artist. Her style displays the influence of a variety of painters she admires, such as Pierre Soulages, Robert Motherwell, Mark Rothko and Helen Frankenthaler. Kerman's paintings are characterised by her thick handling of acrylic paint in a fevered and immediate manner. She often begins with undercoats of black, white or aquamarine, and topcoats of brighter colours. These layers are then scraped, pushed, and dragged, then rearranged again. She paints by instinct, although she is naturally drawn to painting scenes of rough weather (storms) and ocean horizons, combining a sense of sadness and stillness which is inspired by Nordic melancholy. Kerman splits her time between London and the Isle of Wight, off the south coast off England.