Jaren Dahlstrom currently lives in Vallejo, CA in the East Bay. He started studying art when he was 12 years old. He received an AA Degree in art at Contra Costa College in 1965, and continued his education at Art Center College of Design, California College of Arts and Crafts and Hayward State University. He operated an award winning design firm in San Francisco for 30+ years. Jaren has had one person exhibitions at Villa Montalvo, the Littman Gallery at the University of Portland, and Sierra Arts. He has been in numerous group shows throughout the United States including the Oakland Museum. He shows regularly and is in collections throughout the United States. The paintings are all based on reflections on water created from his digital photographs, which are then altered by increasing saturation and other changes until the final image emerges and is painted. The image is transferred to the panel or canvas and then painted. As he says: “Whether it is a canal boat in Venice, Italy, a pier or outboard motor at local marina these objects capture a moment in time, when light and water fuse to form an illusion of reality, transitory and more intense than the real.