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by Mel Fenson

Images of small town America - historical buildings, landscapes, homesteads, farm life, and local people - rendered in vivid watercolors and pastels form the essence of Arkansas painter, Sven Kenneth Swenson’s contemporary impressionistic painting style. Much of his artistic inspiration is also drawn from the surrounding Ozark Mountains. Sven’s intension, he states, “is to transport people who see my work into a colorful world of fantasy.”

Sven grew up in chicago, Illinois, where he studied at the American Academy of Fine Art. He began his commercial art career at the Chicago Tribune newspaper as a layout artist. While in Chicago, he also did graphic design work for a number of advertising agencies - creating magazine ads, promotional campaigns, and corporate logos.

Sven left Chicago to move to Boulder, Colorado in 1977. Once in Colorado, he became an artist-designer for the Adolph Coors Brewing Company, where he worked for four years. There, he was involved in the many aspects of the company’s marketing campaigns. He designed marketing materials, such as print ads, sales promotion pieces, trade show graphics, and billboards. Following that, he became a free lance designer doing graphic design work for various corporations and advertising agencies.

In 1999, Sven left Boulder and moved to Leslie, Arkansas - in the heart of the Ozarks, where big stave mills and timber industries once prospered. Here, he opened his own fine art studio and gallery. His work is being well received across the state. Recognized for his unique Arkansas images, he was commissioned to paint 12 scenes for a calendar for the First Community Bank in Batesville and Searcy, Arkansas.

Sven’s work is available as
originals and as giclee prints.
To purchase paintings,
contact Sven Swenson at:

870- 447- 2615


Sven's work is also available from
The Olive Tree Gallery
Mountain View, Arkansas