The Light Grey Norway Creative Residency Program emphasizes connectivity, discovery, and learning together in a natural space fit for introspection and innovation. Surrounded by one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world, artists will have the opportunity to make throughout the day as they travel along the Hardangerfjord in handmade boats, hike through coniferous forests, and wander through the cobblestone streets of Bergen. At night, artists will share their thesis projects through interactive conversations, lessons, and workshops about creative practice and growth.
Team Huldra artists-in-residence hail from Australia, New York, Los Angeles, and various cities across the US, with backgrounds including editorial illustration, comics, animation, storyboarding, videogames and more.
Read more about our 2019 artists-in-residence teams below.
TEAM HULDRA: Amelia Lorenz, Amy Buchan, Ashley Becerra, Brock Brown, Christina Wald, Daron Nefcy, Hannah Sayre, Heather Curfman, Lily Padula, Jamie Runnells, Jovanna Tosello, Julia Scott, Roxie Vizcarra, and Steph Waldo.
New York, NY
Lily Padula is an illustrator and animator based in Brooklyn, NY. Her mood-driven work aims to tell stories with a surreal sensibility, often using bright color palates in conjunction with darker themes. In 2018, she animated her first short film as a solo endeavor in conjunction with NPR's award-winning podcast Invisibilia.
She has been a working freelance artist since 2013, working on everything from editorial illustrations for The New York Times to animated gifs for Guillermo Del Toro's award winning film The Shape of Water. When she is not drawing, Lily likes to hike and try out new recipes.
“I'm currently writing a short animated film about a geologist in peril, so I'm really looking forward to deriving inspiration from the dramatic landscapes that Norway has to offer. I'm also really excited to meet my fellow residents and learn from people in different creative disciplines.”
Los Angeles, CA
Ashley is a freelance animator and illustrator living in Los Angeles. She specializes in 2D and hand-drawn animation for commercials and music videos, while producing illustrations outside of work. Hobbies include: overwatering her plants, petting neighborhood cats, and talking obliviously loud.
“I'm looking forward to exploring and being inspired by the beautiful landscape of Norway. I'm also looking forward to making friends with other creative professionals.“
New York, NY
Jovanna is a Brazilian-American animator and illustrator living in New York city where she works as a broadcast animator. Previously for Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Dan Harmon’s Community, Adult Swim’s Jeff and Some Aliens, and more.
“I'm looking forward to exploring the Norwegian wilderness with a band of creative artists!”
Steph Waldo is a storyboard artist, illustrator, and comic artist based in the woods outside of NYC. She currently is an in-house storyboard artist at Blue Sky studios and works on personal comics in her free time. Steph received her BFA in Communication Design from Washington University in St. Louis, she later studied Character Animation at CalArts.
“I am most excited to learn about the local history and cultures, as well as the the sea-faring history of the land's inhabitants.”
Los Angeles, CA
Daron Nefcy is creator and executive producer of the Emmy-winning original hit series Star vs. The Forces of Evil, one of Disney XD’s most-watched animated series. Nefcy combines comedy and magic in this unique show, which has aired all over the world. Since Star's debut, Nefcy has been awarded Variety's "10 Animators to Watch" and made Forbes 30 under 30 list for 2015. The Los Angeles Times featured Nefcy in a cover story about the growing influence of women in animation and the increasing enrollment of women in art schools.
“I’m looking forward to meeting new people and being inspired by a new place. “
Julia Scott is a southpaw illustrator and comic book enthusiast based out of Baltimore, Maryland. Some of her previous publishers include CBK, Archaia, Oni Press, IDW and Lionforge. She is currently drawing and writing an original graphic novel about juvenile delinquency, and writing an Appalachian-Gothic horror novel. You can find some of her most recent work doing variant comic book covers for Rick and Morty, with Oni Press and IDW.
“I'm excited to experience a largeness of landscape experienced very differently than that of a city, and I'm interested to get to know other hard working international artists and compare process, tool use, and mental methodology.“
Christina Wald is a product designer and illustrator in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati DAAP with a degree in Industrial Design and teaches illustration at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University. Christina has illustrated over 50 picture books and is obsessed with urban sketching and travel. She started out illustrating professionally for games including the Star Wars role playing game series, Middle Earth: Wizards, a Lord of the Rings collectable card game, Dragon Magazine, BattleTech, Dune and many others.
One of her latest books, Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant by Songju Ma Daemicke, recently was given an NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book Award and included on the NSTA Best STEM Books list for 2018. Other recent highlights include: Paws, Hoofs, and Wings: Animal Heroes of the San Diego Zoo by Shari Lyon, which was the official children's book to celebrate the zoo's 2016 centennial; Camas and Sage: A Story of Bison Life on the Prairie by Dorothy Hinshaw’s Patent for the American Prairie Reserve ; The Wild Life of Elk by Donna Love (A joint venture between the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the National Forest Service), and many others.
“I cannot wait to sketch in the incredible landscape of the Norse gods and experience the magic of interacting with new creatives.”
New York, NY
Roxie is a Peruvian American and Brooklyn-based illustrator and artist. She currently holds a position as Senior Illustrator for Rockstar Games, for whom she has helped create advertising illustrations and cover art for such titles as Grand Theft Auto V, Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire, and others. She's known for her highly masculine artwork infused with homoerotic undertones.
When not creating marketing art for world-class video game titles, she occasionally does work for freelance clients like Wired Magazine, Google, ESPN Magazine, and Nickelodeon.
“I'm looking forward to meeting other like-minded creative people while I explore an completely new environment--nothing gives me perspective on myself and my art quite like travel.”
Heather Curfman is an independent Illustrator and Merchandise Designer and oversees a handful of brands' production, online sales, and order fulfilment. In addition to freelance graphic design work, Heather has been designing and selling a variety of her own merchandise for nearly 10 years both online and at conventions and art shows across North America. Harnessing that experience she also offers consultation services on manufacturing, merchandising, branding.
While her professional work centers around structured design Heather loves to play with traditional media. The majority of her personal work is done in watercolor and ink and increasingly revolves around travel as her schedule gets busier. Her ongoing project is upkeeping her travel sketchbook when she is away from home. Also an avid foodie and home chef, Heather is always on the hunt for a great meal with a great story
“There really is something special about the group creative energy on trips like this. I can't wait to experience a stunning landscape surrounded by so many skilled and inspiring individuals. Just being able to see everyone's different perspectives and backgrounds, it really teaches me so much. I am excited to bring my passions and expertise to the creative potluck. “
Jamie Runnells is an illustrator, designer and Professor of Visual Communication. Her work has been honored numerous times by PRINT and Creative Quarterly magazines, won a National Gold ADDY, been published in many art and design publications, and exhibited regularly at juried National and International exhibitions. She loves to cook, eat, and garden and is happiest when she's making images of cooking, eating and gardening. Jamie lives and works in Jacksonville, Alabama.
“In my 16 years as an artist and educator, I have never had the opportunity to participate in a residency program. I am bursting with excitement to experience this journey with fellow creatives and am looking forward to the resulting ideas/energy for my personal creative practice!”
Hannah Sayre is a multimedia artist working in Seattle, Washington. Currently working as a 2D/3D generalist on small team independent game project, she specializes in visual art and sculpture in both digital and traditional media. Surrounded by the lush green of the PNW, she loves to be in the garden and draws much of her inspiration from the surrounding gestural forms, vibrant colors, and richly textured materials and subjects found in nature. She loves living in a city that affords her the opportunity to surround herself with and learn from incredibly talented artists in a hugely diverse range of creative fields, and is most at home seeking out new characters, experiences and skills to add to her creative library.
“I'm really excited to see the working process of everyone on the team, it's so inspiring to learn what other artists do and to be immersed in so many different perspectives. To be able to share a new travel experience in Norway with a bunch of creative people is a truly amazing opportunity as an artist!”
Brock Brown is an freelancer and indie game artist. A proud nerd and coffee enthusiast; Brock has worked on cool mobile games, such as Stranger Things: The Game, and awesome AAA titles, like Borderlands 2. In his free time he loves watching movies, playing board games, sifting through his mountain of art books, and playing Dungeon & Dragons.
“I'm looking forward to experiencing other parts of the world. Its really easy to get stuck in your studio or behind your desk. Spending a few days with fellow artists in a new environment will be a refreshing experience.”
Amy Buchan is a VR Developer and 3D artist who grew up on a beach on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia, currently residing in Sydney. While most of her professional work involves creating interactive 3D Experiences, both VR and AR, she also likes to bounce around a bunch of mediums for her own personal projects. Some of these mediums include digital painting and illustration, comics and video games.
“I can't wait to explore an absolutely beautiful land as well as meet and learn from some beautiful, talented people!”
Los Angeles, CA
Amelia is a storyboard artist who has worked in TV since 2014 on shows such as The Owl House, Star vs. the Forces of Evil and Gravity Falls. She's very fond of her cat, drinking coffee, and being out in nature.
“I can't wait to feel the excitement of travel, meet new friends, and learn a trick or two about their craft along the way. “