5" x 5"
oil on canvas board, unframed, 2020
You can buy this original, signed oil painting for just $55 as part of the Spring Ting Auction to help support one of my favorite museums the American Swedish Museum in Philadelphia, PA.
For more information, and to bid, click on the link below:
April 24th - May 9th
Dala Horses were originally thought to be children's toys, today they are considered a charming icon of Swedish culture. I think they are beautiful, and love the bright color and flowery kurbits style decorative painting. I wanted to start making paintings of them to hang on the wall because I was running out of room on my tables!
My herd of Dala Horse inspiration.
The one in the middle is the one featured in the Dala horse painting above. I bought this one at Swede Things in America in Cape May, New Jersey in 2010, and comes from the Nils Olsson Hemslöjd factory in Sweden. The other two belonged to my family. The small little horse in front is carved a little rougher, and was carried over by one of my four great-grandparents who emigrated from Sweden to Quincy, Massachusetts. This little horse is a reminder to me of the hardships not only my grandparents faced, but for all immigrants in coming to the United States. In that sense for me, represents a sense of endurance and hope.
These Dala horses are beautiful pieces of colorful folk art. They make wonderful family heirlooms, adding both tradition and a touch of happiness to your home.