Cyrene Swallow

I started painting murals in 2003. In 2006 I began painting professional murals to help my transition to get into school. In 2007 I went back to school at UVU. While there I took Design, Drawing, and Mixed Media Painting, Art History, and Computer Art. While going to school I also had the opportunity to help paint for local theater productions such as “Sound of Music,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Crazy For You,” “Oliver,” (I have done twice) and “King and I.” In 2011 I painted the set for “Grease” and since then, “Music Man,” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

In 2008 I started focusing mainly on oil painting. Any free time I have is learning and trying to experiment with the media. At the beginning 2010 my former UVU mentor asked me to start coming to her house once a month and she encouraged me to play with watercolor. I say “play” because watercolor has helped me paint more unrestrained and fun.

Since 2010 my work has been mainly influenced by a trip to Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque, spending days walking the gallery strolls in their community, including the Georgia O'Keeffe museum. Other artist that have influenced my works have been Claude Monet, Henry Hensche, and the Impressionist era in general. I bought my first book on impressionism back in 1995, my senior year of high school. I have always been drawn to the more “Full-Color Seeing” than “Local Color” as Susan Sarback explains it in her book “Capturing Radiant Color in Oils.”

Currently I am on the executive board at Local Colors Gallery in Sugar House, UT where I exhibit my work. I am a member of the Utah Valley Art Association in Utah County. I have commissioned pieces out of Utah, Washington, Ohio, Texas, and Tennessee. I have also exhibited at SCERA Center for the Arts October of 2011, and Artist Corner in Orem. My work is currently on exhibit at Brigham's Piano Gallery, who are also members of UVAA. I have also taken my “Beautiful Women Series” and put it to a power point and been sharing it at local women groups as a motivational speaking experience for women in need for the past year. In October 2012 I illustrated a youth Christmas Adventure book called, “The Santa Claus League.” I illustrated the cover, inside title page, logo, and 18 chapter sketches. And in 2011, I started set painting again for the #1 junior program in the state of Utah under the direction of Kate O'Reilly.

I have been described as a “colorist,” and I accept that as a great compliment. I enjoy bright, eye catching colors in my work in which ever medium I am working on at the moment. I give most of the credit with my success with watercolor to Karen Pool who taught me how to play and make paint move. I give every work, in whatever medium A Brush With Color.

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