Today I’d like to interview you to another Silicon Valley Open Studio artist, Sylvia Dahlgren. Sylvia’s paintings have a good sense of design that give them a graceful yet strong presence.
Describe your artistic journey
My earliest memories are of observing a daisy in front of our apartment building in Germany. I spent my elementary years drawing in class until my world upended by moving to Japan. When, finally the family got back to the US, I was interested in design. The combinations of European, Asian and US culture and design surrounded me. When I was faced with a choice of career, I decided towards design while continuing my painting on my own.
Where has art taken you in life?
Around the world several times, from the corporate board room to cottage. From mountains in Kathmandu to skyscrapers in Manhattan.
What do you think about when you begin painting?
At what point do I stop the planning of the painting and let go? How do I capture the feeling that attracted me to the scene?
Tell me about one of your favorite paintings or drawings that you’ve made. Why is it your favorite?
My favorite paintings seem to be effortless, immediate and spontaneous. I have no idea afterwards how I did it.
If you could ask one question of an artist you admire, who would it be, and what would you ask?
I’d ask Sargent, Zorn and Sorolla: How much of it was planned before they let go?
Sylvia will be exhibiting on May 10 – 11 at Site 116, 1471 Hollidale Court, Los Altos, CA 94024