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Daily Staff ReportVail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily/Brandon Swonger Artist Brandon Swonger refers to his artwork as a visual journal of my experiences and ideas.
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Artwork by local artists Nevada Lee and Brandon Swonger is on display at Loaded Joes in Avon through the end of the month. They took some time to answer a few questions for the Vail Daily.

Medium: Photography.Years in the valley: Grew up here until 12; back now for three years.Vail Daily: What does photography mean to you? Nevada Lee: My art is a way for me to capture a moment and a feeling in time in a way (my lighting-effect technique), which will be completely unreplicable in the future. Each individual photo represents a million different, simultaneous interactions that come together to create an amazing moment.VD: When did you know that you wanted to be an artist? NL: I still have pictures from the first camera I got up here in second grade. I couldnt draw at all, my brother Cheyenne got that (talent), so I decided to capture art in my photography.VD: What inspires you to create? What kind of mood do you have to be in?NL: I started shooting photos professionally to get into concerts and clubs for free. Free drinks, a good time, some great photos of my favorite artist was enough for me. I shoot a wide variety of photography, but it comes down capturing moments, beauty, romance, anger and raw emotion and what moves you individually.VD: Describe your style.NL: My style is unobtrusive, capture the moment and then put a crazy spin on it. All the lighting effects on my shots are created using a wide variety of camera techniques and the available external lighting sources. A red light in the background may become a fireball from a singers mouth and a blue glow could be used to cool down an entire photo like a blast of arctic air.VD: If you were to meet any artist, alive or dead, who would it be and why? NL: Salvador Dali I love his abstract style, and thats what inspires me to play with the light the way I do. I would probably want to go out, party at a club and see what type of art we both created. Then discuss those pieces as they relate to previous works.VD: Do you own a favorite piece of art? NL: My current favorite piece of art is a Marilyn Monroe piece by the legendary pop icon artist (Warhol apprentice) Steve Kaufman. I did an interview with him, and he gave me one of his pieces. I have a good one to send him in return. VD: Where do you sell your art?NL: I sell my art online at http://www.vailpm.com, http://www.nevadalee.com, Loaded Joes, through the http://www.photomartiniclub.com and by contacting me at 303-817-1284.

Medium: The medium I work with ranges from acrylic, pencil, pen, watercolor, photography and inkjet printing.Years in the valley: Two years.Vail Daily: What does your art mean to you? Brandon Swonger: My work is a visual journal of my experiences and ideas. It changes often and takes the form of my surroundings. I like to work with manipulated photos, illustration and paint. Subtle textures and iconic imagery can be seen throughout my work, with splashes of bright color to stimulate the eye. VD: What inspires you to create? What kind of mood do you have to be in?BS: I am drawn to work that takes a modern twist on traditional subjects: landscapes, people, objects. Nature seems to be a common thread that unites most of my pieces and is where I draw a great deal of inspiration from. VD: Describe your style.BS: Creating art is an outlet where I can let loose and let my ideas flow. My work usually starts with a rough sketch for layout and concept. Then I find imagery, textures, drawings and a varied color palette to bring the idea to life.


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