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A collection of original oil paintings from Colorado Springs artist John Hegstrom are on display at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center (HRRMC) now through March 31.

“I complete all of my paintings outside on location, and typically all at once in less than three hours,” explained Hegstrom. “My goal in painting in this way is not just to record the scene, but capture the emotion and light of that specific moment in time.”

Hegstrom creates his impressionist-style landscapes with a combination of a palette knife and brushes; using a limited palette of four colors of paint. He relies on the three primary colors – blue, red and yellow – and white. While he creates work in a variety of sizes, he says the size of 8” x 10” has become his favorite.

Hegstrom’s first interest in art began in grade school, drawing wildlife and birds. He studied art at Phillips University in Enid, Okla., before deciding against a career in commercial art, in favor of medicine.

Hegstrom was a surgical pathologist for more than 30 years but continued to paint over the years. He recently retired and since then, his artwork style has shifted from abstract to modern art, exclusively painting landscapes.

HRRMC displays the work of regional artists each quarter, with an emphasis on the Arkansas River Valley. Call 719-530-2217 for more information on exhibiting art at HRRMC.