What's in a character? I've always been curious to see, understand, feel. Learn what makes a person tick, their purpose and aim in life. That includes myself - and the self-portraits that have been born through the years of change. As an artist, as a husband, as a father, as a traveller. I love to explore the same in those around me; find the core, discover the flame, the 'it' that makes them 'them'. A character in their natural surroundings is a particularly appealing theme for me: exploring their raison d'etre through colour and brushstrokes.
orchard changes by the seasons. Always an inspiration, never less than in
springtime with blosoms greeting the sun, ready to welcome summer. Fnnish
nature, Nordic summer scenery, with a promise of things to come.
City? Well, for me that's been on the outskirts of Jyväskylä - for quite some
and summer. Finnish sauna is something one must experience firsthand. Possibly
by midnight, swimming in moonlight. It's hard to capture but impossible to not
appreciate once you get there, fire crackling and the dawn already just hours
away. Sauna is about recycling. The wood fired up gives the heat, the heat
clears up our energy. This piece features secondhand mosaics for the frame.
late summer arrives, dark nights appear. Starry skies suddenly visible after
midnight sun. Apple trees bearing fruit, colours deepening by the day, Nordic
nature scenery getting ready for the fall. Watching it all, observing in awe as
the seasons change. Autumn colours appearing.
Portrait paintings by Paavo Stenius. Finnish contemporary art, character paintings. Oil paintings on canvas. Expressionism. Expressionist portrait paintings.