About me

Kurbits Paintings were developed in Dalarna so they can also be called Dala Paintings or Dalecarlian Paintings.
As almost everything seems to be talked about on YouTube I searched for Swedish Kurbits Paintings but found almost nothing, so I decided to make such a film myself. First I made one little film, just showing how to draw the pattern. I thought about making something more and after having bought Filmora I could finally put together pictures in the way I wanted on a video with more information (Unfortunately many of my pictures are too small, but... I am slowly learning!)

When I inserted the map of Dalarna it occurred to me that I had, as a child, been living in exactly this area where these Kurbits Painting Style first was developed. I had not really thought about that before, because my inspiration to make Dala Paintings hit me in 1977 when I was visiting Skattungbyn, a village in another part of Dalarna.

My mother was born in Dalarna, in Ludvika, close to the place where Dan Andersson lived, a famous Swedish author. On Sundays she dressed me up in the yellow Leksand Folklore Dress. Later I spent parts of my childhood in Dalarna and I lived in Insjön and went to school in both Insjön and Leksand. The village Ullvi and the center area for the birth of the Kurbits Paintings is situated between Insjön and Leksand.

My interest in drawing and painting comes from my mother, who had some art education (decorative painting) from art schools in Stockholm, Sweden and Munich, Germany.


  1. Hello,
    I am looking for an authentic Dala artist to interview for a magazine article. Could you contact me at pwmblogeditor@gmail.com if you can help.
    Thank you.

  2. I have a painting on that looks like a Dalmalningar canvas that i bought in America somewhere around the 19 90 19 95 . I would like it valued if possible. I live in Australia so am not sure how to go about this. I can send Photos if that is possible.

  3. Sorry i wrote the above note , my name is Pamela Hellawell and my email is pamela.hellawell@gmail.com

  4. Hello. I would like to paint a piece of furniture we own in the Kurbits style. Do you know where we might find stensils or other help with designing this? Thank you

  5. Greetings.... is this blog still active? I also have ancestral connections to Ludvika, the town of Ulriksberg. My interest in the kurbits style is very high.... https://www.facebook.com/gene.carlson.39/?viewas=&should_open_composer=false&show_switched_toast=false&show_invite_to_follow=false&show_switched_tooltip=false&show_podcast_settings=false&show_community_transition=false&show_community_review_changes=false

  6. First of all, thanks for the informative blog. I recently bought a print which I discovered via Google Image search was a Kurbits type. I'd love to know more about the scene portrayed on it and you seem to be the authority on the subject. Could I send you an image of it and perhaps learn a little more?
    I can be reached at tomphotographer(at)gmail.com