My paintings are done directly from nature in a style frequently referred to as “painterly realism”. This term implies an emphasis on exploring color, form and shape relationships by manipulating paint. Paint is both subject matter and means of expression. What paint looks like and what it can do are major considerations. Together these elements provide a new subjective reality rather than a literal description. The act of manipulating paint has a very sensuous quality. When done in conjunction with selecting and combining colors, shapes and form it is very much like play; an activity that is simultaneously pleasing and absorbing. 30" x 52" oil on canvas. Arthur Kvarnstrom, 2004.