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      Stormy Skies


      14 X 18
      21 X 25 Framed
      Oil on Canvas

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                  Carol lives on a large cattle ranch outside of Casper, Wyoming where she was born and raised. Her companions include a horse, several dogs and cats and the wonderful wildlife that she sees every day. This environment, fostered by her family’s love of the outdoors has given her a deep-rooted love of the West, its landscape and wildlife. Swinney prefers to paint on location at such places as the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, the mountains near Tucson, Arizona and the Grand Teton Mountains in Wyoming.

                  She has mastered a style of painting using a palette knife, which she uses exclusively in her work. After experimenting with brushes the knife always drew Carol back for many reasons. “Nature is uneven and has texture – the knife lends itself to that,” she explains. “I love texture, and love to see a lot of paint on the canvas. A painting knife gives rich colors and amazing depth, like you’re sculpting a painting. Contrast, composition and lighting capture my attention while on location so I paint when colors are rich and light is more dramatic.”

                  Carol spent two years as an art major at the University of Wyoming, has done numerous workshops with artists such as Morton Solberg and Scott Christiansen. She spent several years painting on location with Jackson plein-air artists Greg McHuron and has studied extensively with nationally recognized plein-air palette knife artist Bill Freeman.

                  Ms. Swinney has had numerous one-person and group exhibitions over the past several years. She has been and invited artist in many museum art shows and exhibits as well as being accepted into many National juried competitions. Her honors include best of shows, first place, awards of excellence and merit awards. She has also been a consistent top selling “Quick Draw” artist.

                  Carol has said of her work, “My paintings are meant to be shared with the viewer and reflect my love and deep concern for the welfare of our wildlife and the beauty of the landscape around me. I believe documenting a vanishing resource for future generations to enjoy.”


                  Oil Painters of America, Signature Member

                  California Art Club

                  Casper Artist Guild

                  American Women Artists, Master Signature Member

                  Tucson Plein Air Painters Association

                  Founding member of the RMPAP (Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters)

                  2014 Superintendent’s Award. Rocky Mountain National Park, 100 year park


                  2012 Grand Teton National Park Permanent Collection Purchase Award

                  2012 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters show at Grand Teton National Park

                  2010 Governor’s Choice Award, Cowgirl Up! Desert Caballeros Western Art


                  2009 Best in Show at the 2009 Tucson Plein Air Painter’s Artist Member Show

                  2009 Honorary Artist Membership in the historic Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson, Arizona

                  2009 Award of Excellence at the “Nomadas De Arte” show

                  2008 Award of Excellence at the Oil Painters of America Western Region Show

                  Multiple acceptances to Top 100 and the Top 200 in the prestigious “Arts for the Parks” National Art Competition held in Jackson, Wyoming


                  2013 “Artist Profile”, 5 page article in Plein Air Magazine

                  2010 January Issue, Southwest Art Magazine – feature article

                  2009 August/September American Artist “Highlights from Master Teachers”

                  2009 January “Power of Nature” Western Art Collector Magazine

                  2006 May/June Art of the West “Vibrant Strokes”

                  2005 “Landscape Highlights” American Artist Magazine

                  2004 Sky West Magazine

                  2004 May/June “Expressions of the American Landscape” Wildlife Art News
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