Dala Horse


Dala Horse 5" x 5" oil on canvas board, unframed, 2020

I created this painting for the Spring Ting Auction to help support one of my favorite museums the American Swedish Museum in Philadelphia, PA.



Dala Horses are considered a charming icon of Swedish culture, I love their bright color and decorative flowery kurbits style brushstrokes.


My herd of Dala Horse inspiration.

Originally, Dala horses were toys, said to be created for long Swedish winters. The Dala horse I painted for this piece (center) was bought at Swede Things in America in Cape May, New Jersey in 2010. It comes from the Nils Olsson Hemslöjd factory in Sweden. The other two were carried over by my great-grandparents when they emigrated from Sweden to America.