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‘A modern approach to printmaking’ in Vail Valley

Caramie Schnell
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail Daily"Buggin'" by Vail Valley artist Brandon Swonger is one of 14 pieces of art by Swonger on display at Avon Public Library this month.

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – Like most artists, Brandon Swonger, 27, has considered dumping his day job to spend day after day in Colorado’s Vail Valley creating his mixed-media pieces.

“I contemplated it for a little while but it would be tough. The added pressure might take away some of the fun of it,” said Swonger, an Edwards resident.

And plus, Swonger’s day job is pretty creative, really. He’s a graphic designer and owns his own company, called Lift Creative Group. Lately he’s been busy designing logos and Web sites for area businesses, he said.

You can see some of the art Swonger makes in his spare time at the Avon Library, where he has 14 mixed-media pieces on display through the end of June. An artist reception is set for Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.

The artist: “I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. In school, art was always the subject I cared about the most. Making a living as a pure artist would be really tough, and have an added pressure to it. I like making things when I’m feeling it, and exhibiting when I feel confident about a body of work.”

The medium: “I work in a variety of mediums: Pencil, pen, marker, paint, ink, ink jet, photography. Mixing these different materials gives an interesting quality the work, and each piece has a different result.”

The style: “My style is a modern approach to printmaking. I like to explore new ways of printing or transferring images to different surfaces. Using materials that are at my fingertips has pushed me to expand upon my background of silk screen and dark room photography. As far as concepts behind my work, it varies.”

The process: “Art for me is trying to explore and execute the images/ideas I can see in my head. Sometimes they turn out how I imagined, most of the time they kind of change through the creative process. The process is exciting, and calming at the same time. Most of my pieces have a concept or meaning behind them. I try to establish this before I begin working, to lay a solid foundation for what is created. In the end, if someone can connect to a piece than it is successful for me.”

The inspiration: “I get inspiration from my surroundings, adventures I’ve been on, friends/family, hiking, snowboarding, music, other artists, and often from my dreams. Nature is a constant inspiration for me. It’s full of original shapes, patterns and colors.”

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or cschnell@vaildaily.com.

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