William R. Swanson
Residence - Venice, Florida
My favorite subject is marines, especially underwater scenes including those with
coral reefs. In 1985 I became a certified scuba diver and have been diving or
snorkeling since then whether in the Caribbean, Atlantic, Pacific or Red Sea in the
Mideast. Down there it's an exceptionally beautiful, alive, varied, mysterious world. I
paint in either oil or acrylic after considering which will work best with a particular
composition. My art is an interpretation of a world that has been largely overlooked
by artists. Scuba was not invented until the twentieth century and by then the art
world had migrated to abstract. Some of my marine paintings are more abstracted
than others but all of them retain a tangible link to the sea.
I studied art at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Fleisher Art Memorial
in Philadelphia. My paintings have won awards in open juried exhibits in Florida and
Pennsylvania and have been juried into many such shows. My paintings can be seen
at Artuptown Gallery in downtown Sarasota, Florida.