Modern West Fine Art | Michael Swearngin Artist Interview

Michael Swearngin’s new work will be displayed at Modern West Fine Art during our May 2016 Gallery Stroll. Swearngin's work combines his interest in contemporary art with the fading heritage of the American cowboy. His fluid acrylic paintings create unique imagery inspired by the rugged spirit so vividly seen in the West. 

During Swearngin’s years as a traveling artist he has had the chance to document his ever-changing surroundings. As he follows his passion he gathers inspiration from places like Utah, Colorado, Texas and Wyoming. Swearngin sketches on location then reflects on them in the studio. He enjoys leaving his own creative comfort zone to gain more experience from the outside world.

"Driven by design, I use simple shapes to establish a strong composition on the canvas. I then work the underpainting with dramatic color and texture for high visual impact. It is through my art form that I intuitively paint to express the worn rugged spirit of the American West in my contemporary style. Every painting is an exploration of these experiences and my objective is to share them with the viewer."

What research do you do for your work?

I go on-site to visit various ranches and take photographs that I use to help inspire my paintings. I also visit various museums, read about other artists to see what they are engaged in, their successes, and to stay current.  All of that helps me stay focused on my personal goals to grow and create more works.
 

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Tell us a little about your process?

Traditionally I work on stretched canvas, paper and board.  I then work the underpainting with dramatic color and texture for a high visual impact.  Then intuitively express the warm rugged spirit of the American West in my contemporary style.  

What's the best piece of advice you’ve been given as an artist?

To read, write and sketch, to stay in the moment and stick with the project you are working on. 

View his artwork here