I’m an abstract painter
I’m influenced by the colors and energy of my life and the life around me; the nature, my family, my life of travels and the humans I meet, the countries I lived in and the ones I’ve visited… whether a source of laughs or tears, I try to absorb and depict them whole.
I seek to create abstract paintings as an exercise of letting go; letting go the flow of my emotions and the viewer’s emotions; to the point where you don’t exactly know how to express what you’re looking at, but you deeply feel it in your soul.
As the viewer, I want you to feel that raw emotion, that energy and how it interacts with everything around us. My paintings don't have to necessarily be something you already know or are able to figure. Don't think too much and don't try to intellectualize art too much. The raw is what it is about. No superfluous qualifiers, just a true emotion. This is the beauty of the abstract when the viewer explores in the painting what the artist has defined. That's how I would like the viewer to see my paintings.
Born in France and raised in multiple countries of Africa, art has always been part of Swann’s education, scouring the museums all over the world with her parents. That’s really when she was a student in France that she began to paint for herself. Using big advertising cardboards found on the sidewalks, she was an adept of mixed media.
She lived a few years in France and England and a long time in what she considers her home, Montreal (Canada). She decided a few years ago to move to the San Francisco Bay Area.
Painting is what defines her. Swann paints in an abstract style, in acrylics, using multiple layers to enhance the texture or manipulating the stunning effects of the resin.
Swann is currently living in Northern California.
In 2019, she painted one of the San Francisco Hearts, true landmarks of the city, commissioned by the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, and purchased by Genentech. The Heart sculpture was publicly exhibited at Union Square, San Francisco, CA and is now displayed on Genentech Campus, in South San Francisco, CA.