Kristy Swanson

As an artist, I've always been drawn to abstract imagery. I'm intrigued by lines, shapes, colors and forms that suggest rather than describe, and I have a particular affinity for clean, spare, elegant imagery that evokes an idea or emotion without telling the viewer what to see. 

I work in a variety of mediums, including ink, encaustic, acrylic, and photography. Regardless of the medium, I’m drawn to exploring concepts such as transparency, luminosity, vibrancy, the interplay of light and dark, movement, and simplicity. I find inspiration everywhere in tiny details that often go unnoticed—the shape of shadows, patterns in rocks, the geometry and symmetry seen in plants, and so on. 

To the viewer, my pieces often conjure up imagery reminiscent of organic forms—plants, water, geology and so on. For others, it evokes an emotional response. Part of the joy of making art for me is to hear what it brings forth in the viewer, what memory or image or emotion it stirs in them.