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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

 

This Volunteer is no Anemone by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Fragaria ananassa by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Silhouette of a Hummingbird by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Sitting Pretty by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Cock-a-Doodle Doo by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Bee's Balm by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Peek-a-boo Poppy by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Foxy Vulpini by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Anna's--Hummingbird of Winter by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Downy Fluff by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

I Brought Home a Bubblebee by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Papaver Orientale by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Library Iris by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Flying Elegance by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Wild Rose on Grammy's Lace by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Dancing on Top of the Beach by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Rainbow Fruits and the Floating Lemon by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Pie Cherry Tree by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Northern Oriole by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Mary's Bridge by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Christmas Magic by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Bride by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Valentines by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Sunflower by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Stars of the Sea by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Ewe's Not Fat Ewe's Fluffy by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Scabiosa by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

All Dressed up and Ready for Rain by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Clematis by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Bridge over Frozen Water by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Polar Bears by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Sweetest Blossoms of Spring by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

All Dressed up and Ready for Snow by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Mukilteo Lighthouse from a Different Perspective by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Artist Angel by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Fall Harvest by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Dancing on Top of the Sea by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Crazy Exposure Sweetest Blossoms of Spring by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Mukilteo Garage by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Crazy Exposure Clematis by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

A Lovely Day at Lavender Hills by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Crazy Exposure Bridge over Frozen Water by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Crazy Exposure Chickadee by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Crazy Exposure Mary's Bridge by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Dancing on Fire in the Moon light by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

A Boy and his Violin by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

American Unity by Ann Michelle Swadener

 

Profile of a Cat by Ann Michelle Swadener