Wyoming native, Carol Swinney paints primarily on location, preferring such places as the Rocky Mountains of Montana and Colorado, the mountains of Arizona or the vast Wyoming landscape. She paints with a palette knife instead of a brush, not only for the heavy paint textures, crisp, clean colors and uniqueness of the tool, but for the depth that is created in her landscapes. Many of her works are painted on site, capturing the interesting compositions utilizing the dramatic lighting of the mornings and evenings with rich warm colors contrasted with cool long shadows.
Carol has won numerous awards and honors for her work as well as participating in solo shows, a 2017 one-woman museum retrospective and many group exhibitions during her career. She also has been included in numerous museum exhibitions and is in the permanent collection of the Wyoming State Governor’s offices in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park Craig Thomas Visitor Center and the J.M. Smucker corporate offices.
Recently Carol had a painting purchased for the permanent collection of The Amerind Foundation and Museum in Dragoon, Arizona. She is a past President and Master Signature Member of American Women Artists, a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America and a founding member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters.