Fantastic Fey

image by Veronica V. Jones

Linda Bergkvist

Delicate, tortured souls who pout and glower from behind shimmering, windblown locks are a welcome fantasy theme. Linda Bergkvist obviously revels in this long-standing tradition, but many of her most luminously beautiful creatures share a common, if controversial trait: they’re men.

When the artist formerly known as Enayla isn’t wickedly pricking our sexual biases, she is still creating compelling, layered portraits that are equal parts haunting and hopeful. Many of Ms. Bergkvist’s moody figures restlessly wait in their darkly vibrant environs, for a sign or omen that may never come. Other of her more carefree creations simply live in the moment, enjoying the life and companions they’re given.

Whatever your outlook, you’ll certainly enjoy Linda’s beautiful works. Just leave your gender issues at the door.

Written by in January of 2006. Last edited September 2014.


  • Shade Orwen - August 19th, 2006 at 6:45 am

    Absolutely beautiful artwork. Your imagination is so damn GOOD! ! !
    I guess i can call myself an artist, and that i’ve made some good paintings before. But none of them can be compared to yours! I can’t even begin to describe how amazing these really are. Awesome! Cool! Beautiful! Creative! You really did put a lot of effort for these! Keep up the great work!

  • the-illustration - February 27th, 2007 at 2:53 am

    Fantastic art! Great artist and works!!!

  • Jeff - January 21st, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    The clear evidence I’ve seen that Ms. Bergkvist has sampled photos for a few pieces doesn’t — for me — diminish the beauty and creativity of her works as a whole.

  • George P - April 2nd, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Please ignore (delete, if possible) the message I posted previously – the most realistic works are very highly referenced, so it shouldn’t be surprising that there are images online that resemble some parts of her paintings. In fact, it’s to be expected. I can easily recreate a photo w/o tracing, color picking, etc. I find it hard to believe that a much more experienced artist can’t do the same.

    Linda Bergkvist’s work is nothing short of amazing – her visions, the use of color, and her compositions are at a Master level – and NONE that comes from photos.

  • LeeCiel304 - January 14th, 2011 at 4:56 am

    where is she now..
    the last entry in her site was from 2009…
    It’s too long…
    And even its hard to find search result on her name… many have been deleted or in process of deleting….
    Where is she now… Is she ok? I even wonder if she’s still alive or not.. T^T

  • eclode - August 13th, 2011 at 11:18 am

    I was asking people the same thing. Her last works on DeviantART are from 2006, and I can’t even access her site. Is she even alive?