Annika is of dual British and Swedish nationality, currently residing in Bournemouth, England. Annika studied Fine Art (National Diploma) at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth (now The Arts University College at Bournemouth), giving her the advantage of exploring a diversity of media and techniques such as sculpture, textiles, photography, and painting. Annika went on to study Illustration (BA Hons), attracted in particular to the Fairytale & Folklore project offered by Southampton Solent University. The Illustration course taught Annika how to speak in symbols and tell stories through images. In her first year of university, Annika had a book cover published by O Books for author Vikki Bramshaw. In her second year, Annika worked with artists Zoe Blood and Andrea Sinclair (aka The Girls) on The Paper Eaters Do Bargate. Annika took part in photo shoots, and made illustrations for the Paper Eaters magazine. Annika continued to work with The Girls during the summer of 2011, taking part in the Posted project at Brick Lane Art Car Boot and working on a sculpture for the Arts by the Sea festival in Bournemouth.
In 2011 Annika volunteered for the Pride in Bournemouth event, raising money for charities Born Free Foundation and Julia's House by designing and decorating a lion sculpture for Bournemouth Pavilion. The lion named "Red Curtain" was sold at auction. That year Annika also created the Southbourne Mural on Southbourne Grove, Bournemouth, volunteering for the Southbourne Business Association. In 2012 Annika began work on the Tombulance, a transit van decorated with colourful fantasy designs. More info about the Tombulance can be found at www.facebook.com/Tombulance
Annika has been learning tribal style bellydance since the summer of 2011 with Steffi Colbert of Red Tent Tribal. Annika's bellydancing is enhanced by her regular yoga practice, which includes asana, pranayama, and meditation with Jacqui Fuller. Annika is regularly commissioned for her beautiful paintings and illustrations. She has sold many original paintings over the years, posting them across the world to her global audience, who are able to watch her work on youtube or vimeo and stay up to date with facebook or twitter.