Carol Swinney

Last Glimmer of the Day, oil on panel, 8″ x 16″

Carol Swinney
( b. 1950)
Arizona/ Wyoming


Carol has won numerous awards and honors for her work, as well as several solo shows, a recent one-woman museum retrospective, and many group exhibitions during her career. She is one of 12 landscape artists chosen for the 2013 hardback book, “Art of the National Parks”, and six major art magazines have featured her work in articles and covers. She is a past-President of American Women Artists, Signature Member of Oil Painters of America and a founding member of Rocky Mountain Plain Air Painters.

Artist's Statement:

The “painting or palette knife” technique, which I use exclusively, lends itself well to painting nature and the outdoors. I love the look of texture that the palette knife creates and enjoy the challenges of recreating the mood, lighting, and excitement I feel at that moment. The edges, points, and broken passages of thick paint create depth and details that a brush might not be able to achieve. Growing up on a large cattle ranch in Central Wyoming gave me a deep-rooted love and a fascination with the Western landscape and capturing it on canvas.


Master-Signature Member of American Women Artists; Signature Member of Oil Painters of America; Founding Member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painter; Honorary Artist Member of the Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson, AZ; Artist Member of Salmagundi Club; past Out-of-State Artist Member of California Art Club 


Astoria Fine Art
Jackson Hole, WY

K. Newby Fine Art & Sculpture Garden
Tubac, AZ

Broadmoor Galleries
Colorado Springs, CO

Winning the Purchase Award has such enormous significance for me, it’s every artist’s dream to be in a museum and my work, Lee’s Ferry Landing, will be at the Tucson Desert Art Museum for as long as I live. I’m so thankful to the American Women Artists for that opportunity.”

— Lili Ann Laurin
AWA Artists, AZ