William Richard Swanson


        
Birthplace -  New Jersey
Residence -  Venice, Florida

Raised in southern New Jersey a stone's throw from a lake, with much of the
summers spent at the seashore, William has an affinity for water.  'As a young boy
the lake was nice, laying on a neighbor's dock fishing all day with friends or building
small wooden rafts, but the seashore was like a graduation. That's the home of the
tides, fish migrations, beach, surf, the sound of the gulls, endless vistas, and coral
reefs that so many of us love.'   A certified scuba diver since 1985 he now prefers the
simplicity of snorkeling.  'Diving is great, but the light is much stronger with wider
spectrum in the shallower water where many corals grow.'  For fourteen years he
was the audit director of a brokerage firm in Philadelphia.  Toward the end of that job
he studied art for four years in Philadelphia at both The Pennsylvania Academy of the
Fine Arts and Fleisher Art Memorial, completing about twenty five courses at each
school.  After splitting time between New Jersey and Florida for about twelve years
he now resides year round in Venice, Florida which is about twenty miles south of
Sarasota.  

 'My favorite subject is marines, especially underwater scenes.  Underwater is a
world of wonder, beauty, life, color, and mystery.'
 'I let the composition dictate, rather than impose a particular style on a composition.  
I typically do a small study then decide whether oil or acrylic will work best.  From
there the tools, brush work, glazing, chroma etc. will vary.   The mystery of the sea
suggests soft edges, a scroll coral suggests hard edges, a cloudy stormy ocean
suggests low chroma, so I stay flexible.  An artist's personality will come through in
any case.'

  His paintings have been accepted into numerous open juried exhibits and won
awards
in Pennsylvania and Florida.