Watercolor painting is my favorite occupation since my 4th birthday, when I got a paintbox for present. Because I grew up in a family with a great interest in nature, animals became my first motifs.

My best painting spot was the little flat, unsettled island Långaskär in the Blekinge archipelago, where we spent a couple of weeks every summer. I strolled around on the cattle trails with my binoculars and a drawing pad and painted greenshanks, wheatears, kestrels, teals, plovers, and cormorants as I found them roosting in the bays or perched on the boulders.

Later I included people, landscapes and townscapes in my subject matter and as a trained archaeologist I also get to illustrate some prehistoric scenes and artifacts.

I live in Lund with my wife and children and work as an assistant and recreation instructor in a trilingual Montessori school, painting being my sideline and hobby. My paintbox has joined us on holidays in Sweden, Iceland, Crete, Gran Canaria, California, and Australia.


Maddie Eppler said...

Hi! I was just wondering what artists have inspired your work?

Måns Sjöberg said...

Hi, Maddie! Probably a hundred or so painters have inspired me over the years, but I think the most important ones are Harald Wiberg, Lars Jonsson and John Yardley. Others are John Busby, Trevor Chamberlain, Lars Lerin, Chien Chung Wei, Amanda Hyatt and David Curtis. Not to mention David Taylor, Alvaro Castagnet, Joseph Zbukvic and Liu Yi.

Måns Sjöberg said...

I forgot to mention two very important ones: Anders Zorn and Bruno Liljefors.