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Ann Michelle Swadener

Ann Michelle Swadener

Everett, WA

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I have taken a circuitous path toward art. I started out I pre-med in college. I took every prerequisite for med school but finally realized how inauthentic that was for me. I ended up graduating with a BA in Psychology. I got married and worked for a few years in various jobs related to Psychology, but nothing ever fulfilled me and I was always finding creative outlets on the side. Then my husband, Bill, a US Naval officer at the time got a chance to do an exchange tour with the Dutch Navy. We learned Dutch and lived in the Netherlands for a year and a half. Our first child, Mary, was born there. It was in Europe, going to all the wonderful museums that I felt the strongest pull to art. I painted a little in the Netherlands but it wasn't until I returned to the US and took drawing classes at a local community college that I started to feel more satisfied with my efforts. I also took watercolor classes, workshops, got books and videos from the library, joined a watercolor society, anything I could do to improve my craft. I was always drawn to watercolor for it’s translucence, it’s gentle, honest color.

I am now a mother of two. I do all the boring, necessary “peat and repeat” of life; i.e. laundry, cooking, cleaning---the stuff that never stays DONE! But I am also raising 2 amazing kids with strong morals, intelligence, musical talents and of course art! Mary works with various mediums—watercolor, acrylic and oil to name a few. She even has a page on this site. Sam leans toward cartooning and Manga. Being a mother is the most important, meaningful thing I have ever done with my life. But without art, part of me would languish.

I am so lucky to have found art to help fill in the missing pieces in my life. I do local bazaars where I show and sell my work. I have now found Fine Art America too which is a great way to show my images to a wider audience. Besides art, I am passionate about our environment and taking care of our Mother-- the Earth. I think this shines through a lot of my art work. I hope to find ways to make a difference in the world and encourage others to do so as well.

Artfully yours,

Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Mukilteo Lighthouse as the Sunsets by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Inside of a Nautilus by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

The Contemplation of a Mermaid by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Sunset on a Tiny Tree by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Bucolic Beauty by Ebey's Landing II by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Perfect Light at Ebey's Landing II by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Perfect Light at Ebey's Landing by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Bucolic Beauty by Ebey's Landing by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Wispy White Feather in Black and White by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Wispy White Feather by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Light from Heaven by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Mermaid Seaweed by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

View of Deception Pass Bridge Black and White by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

View of Deception Pass Bridge from Down Under by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Lonely Island off Deception Pass by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Wind-Blown Tree at Deception Pass by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Perching Pretty by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Close-up of a Leaf by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Crocus by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Close up of a Lenten Rose by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Pink Rose by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Fire and Ice by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Sunset in the Heart of the Mountains by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Timid Beauty by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Mountain Stream by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Mount Rainier by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Mother Nature's Bounty by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Pike Place Panarama by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

A day at the SAM by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

The Napali Coast IV by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

The Napali Coast III by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

The Napali Coast II by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Kolea by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

The Napali Coast by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Mukilteo Lighthouse and the Lone Speedboat by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Beach combing at the Pacific Ocean by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Playing in the Pacific by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Striking a pose in the Pacific by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Magical Day on Jetty Island II by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Magical Day on Jetty Island by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Upside down Red Admiral by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Red Admiral sideways by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Red Admiral on a butterfly bush by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Red Admiral by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Butterfly on butterfly bush by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Wise Old Grandfather Tree by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Beauty Berries in the Fall by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Frayed at the Edges by Ann Michelle Swadener