About The Artist
Carol A Swann
“Bringing to life the land of Enchantment ”
I think I always knew I was an artist. I came by it honestly. My grandmother was a concert pianist in the early 1900’s, and my mother sang professionally and had studied voice in NYC. My father was very musical too, and he had some great stories about the talent shows he put on in the Pacific and Russia during WWII. I just got the yen in a different medium.
It started showing up early, and when my father noticed my interest, one day he brought home some tubes of oil paint, some cardboard canvases, and a drugstore brush. He told me I could paint in the unfinished part of the attic. The first thing I remember painting up there was a flamingo dancer. What a foreshadowing of things to come!
After finishing high school in 1971 and attending a local Connecticut college one year majoring in art, I dropped out and went travelling in Europe. I wanted to see all the museums, so I dragged my girlfriend from the Louvre to the Prado and was amazed. I would get up close to a painting and study the brushstrokes, then stand back and marvel at the effect. I loved Franz Hals, Gaugin, and Reubens, but by far my favorite was Rembrandt. The technique that he used to make the armor shine - I wondered how he did that.
When I came back to the USA a couple of years later, I came out to New Mexico sight unseen with my brother to go to UNM. I studied dental hygiene along with art courses, and one day my friends brought me up to Santa Fe. I knew I was home! I have been living here for over thirty years, and I love it. I have been very fortunate to be able to study with some wonderful artists. I studied for several years with Maurice Loriaux, who taught the French impressionist style of landscape, and took many workshops with David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw. Most recently I have been studying with Irby Brown. I am a member of Oil Painters of America, and the Bright Light Artists Guild, founded by David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw, and Jacqueline Karmin.
My art work has been shown in the Southwest Artists Festival (juried), The Hancock Gallery show, “Artists of the Land of Enchantment (juried), and has been displayed in the Turquoise Trail Gallery, Cedar Crest, New Mexico, and the Hammons Gallery on Canyon Rd. Santa Fe, N.M.
I love creating a piece of artwork that evokes the magic of New Mexico, for others to enjoy and take with them!