Desire, faith, love, enthusiasm, and hope. These positive emotions are the words that describe Nancy Swearingen and her artwork.
In her own words. "I am compelled to make images. From the beginning of my conscious life I looked at the world. I record images. I share the wonder of creation with all who care to look. I like to paint, draw and photograph…I am inclined to these activities both by nature and nurture.
How I make my art depends on where I am. When I have the time I work out-of-doors on an easel to make works on paper with oil sticks and oil pastels…portable, immediate media. When I have less time, or it is way too cold or too hot I make referential photographs to work from in the studio, i.e. a photographic sketch book. And I work from life to create portraits of people, animals and flowers in many ways; painted, drawn, or photographed in my studio. Sometimes I draw into my photographs, or add paint to my drawings.
My work is usually on canvas, rag mat, papers or finely gessoed boards. I work with oil and acrylic paints, oil sticks, oil pastels, inks, metallic colors, charcoal, colored pencils and anything else that leaves a mark when and where I want. My photographic work is electronic in origin and is archivally printed and glazed in my studio.
In my art I express my delight and wonder in this amazing and beautiful world of ours. I always am conveying my sense of spirit, and things unseen, that inform my life. I seek the life of whatever I am creating, be it animal, vegetable or mineral. My work has its’ beginning in what I see, but comes to its own life as I express how I feel about the subject. I feel great joy in life."