About Pernilla

living my art and loves photography

Art opening at Think Round Art Gallery!

This Saturday, Think Round Gallery presents Shapeshifters: Myth & Magic of the North.

Reception March 11, 2023

2140 Bush Street, Suite 1
San Francisco, CA

Transformation, both unexpected and inexplicable, is the essence of magic.  Like the mythologies of all cultures, the Nordic cultures are rich with this kind of surprise, from the creation of the cosmos—the clash of fire and ice forming the giant Ymir, whose body parts are then transmuted into the stuff of this world—to the gender-bending Loki, whose antics confounded even the gods. These tales, less familiar to most of us than the Greek myths, stimulate the imagination and challenge the spirit.

The artists of Nordic 5 Arts share heritage and/or an interest in the nature and culture of the five Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.  Together we have created this exhibit to express our personal representations of the ways in which the folklore and mythologies of the Nordic countries have affected our lives.  As art-makers, metaphor and metamorphosis are the tools of our trade. They impel a drive to deepen our consciousness of the worlds within and around us. We tease out threads of ancient lore still resonant for us and weave them into plausible alternatives.  Societal and planetary upheaval are looming; perhaps the wisdom of the past can help reshape our thought patterns in ingenious and fruitful ways.

“Shapeshifters are beings who metaphorically change into a new shape, form or even desire.
Belonging; our inner-self and the outer world have shapeshifting moments. When society
changes, we change with it to fit for our own survival. We are redefining ourselves constantly, with social media, round-the-clock news, how we “should” look, think, feel, behave and live out our lives.
Images like 1617 #2 and #46 define some of these shapeshifting moments where I have felt the need of change within myself.

– Pernilla


I haven’t experience snow for many years and to my surprise I found it Exciting and Fun!

Fluffy and powder snow on trees and branches, crispy crunchy sounds beneath my shoes while walking put a smile on my face. It was also constantly snowing! 😍


I’m relocating to Sweden and this is my first stop, Olofström.
This is where I’m born and raised and by going back to my roots I hopefully also know what other steps to take.

Lake Halen my favorite muse – an early cold morning when the water froze and it was sunny and peaceful. ©Pernilla Persson 2023


It’s with excitement that I’m closing this studio door, returning my key for a new tenant to have the joy of creating art in this space!
My heart is full of thanks and gratefulness to each one of you who came out to wish me luck on my future adventures. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

At the same time.. You will all be missed and my heart is aching already. What an intense blend of mixed feelings, sweet and sour all together.

Happy New Year everyone!!
May all your wishes come true this 2023.

My creative safe space 🥰 I’ll miss it, yet am I excited over what’s around the corner..


**NEW DATE added!

I have decided to open my studio for a Private Holiday Show and Moving Sale on December 18th, 2022
noon to 5PM
at Hunters Point Shipyard

Studio 1117: 101 Horn Ave, San Francisco, CA

Email me if you would like to come for a private appointment on Thursday / Friday or Saturday (12.15 – 12.17 2022) prior to the holiday event.
This viewing will be more intimate as I most likely will still be preparing for Sunday.

Changes in the air..

The photos below shows 2 cities that I love very much. They have similar qualities yet are so different and mixed with old and new, new and old.

San Francisco, CA downtown, with the Bay Bridge and sunrise reflection an early morning November, 2022. Driving across the Bay Bridge was my first entry to the city in summer 2000 and it is just stunning.. it brings so many wonderful memories back to life.

Moon light and sunset over the bay that indicates new life is soon to begin, all over again..

Stockholm, Sweden at sunset summer 2022. Magical, calm, future…

After a lot of contemplation, going back and forth in conversations and thoughts, I have decided to move forward with my life and move back to Sweden. At least for a while.. I keep saying.. I can always come back.
San Francisco, it has been a pleasure to meet you and share moments about art and life during all these years. I will miss you very much, yet hope it will bring wonderful changes to my life and new art to come with it.

Beautiful friends and art collectors!

Come, See and Celebrate with me on December 4th, 2022! This is my last Holiday Party and Art Show at Hunters Point Shipyard.
Visit me in Building 101, Studio 1117
11am to 6pm

@Hunters Point Shipyard, 101 Horn Ave, San Francisco

…and remember to come back here and find out what’s new, sign up on my email list and check out my website for updates!

New work in progress

This summer and early fall I started to work on my figure study series again. It is so much fun to be back in my studio working and collaborating with models and real people!

Here are 2 samples of my latest work. Each study is printed as “one of a kind” 4×5 inches metal print. Small and delicate they are inviting you to an intimate viewing.

Photography, 4×5 inches, Figure Study #188 and Figure Study #73 ©Pernilla Persson 2022