A modern impressionist dahlia painting featuring a beautiful field dahlias. The vibrant dahlias bloom in front of a lovely white colonial farm house peeking out from behind tall trees. This colorful original oil landscape painting of Swan Island Dahlia farm was begun on site en plein air by Oregon artist Talya Johnson.
Behind the Canvas
This particular oil painting represents one happy experience at Swan Island Dahlias, in Canby Oregon. It was painted the summer of 2015 before I ventured to return to college in order of fulfilling my dream of earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. It had been a busy and happy summer, and I participated in many plein air events, getting to know the lay of the land in my new home state: beautiful Oregon. My father was in town and managed to pay me a visit as I happily painted the dahlia fields at the height of bloom in August.
Swan Island Dahlias
Swan Island Dahlias, has been in business for over 88 years. They are the largest and leading dahlia grower in the United States. They are located in the town of Canby, in the rich soil of the Willamette Valley of Oregon. The farm was originally located in Portland, Oregon, with some buildings on Swan Island, which is where the farm's name was derived from. Swan Island Dahlias hybridizes new varieties of dahlia flowers, planting over 10,000 seedlings each year. From those original seedlings, it takes about 4 to 5 years to offer a new seedling for sale. Each season they introduce from 5 to 15 new varieties increasing their selection all the time. They grow over 360 varieties on 40 acres that are open to the public during blooming season, and host the largest dahlia festival in the United States featuring over 400 dahlia arrangements during the festival.
Other paintings of Swan Island Dahlia Farm by Talya Johnson include:
To grow beautiful dahlias yourself, be sure to visit Swan Island Dahlias