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Meet Phyllis Swanson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Phyllis Swanson.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Growing up I always loved art and making things but I never quite focused on it as a profession until after I graduated from college with a degree in biology. While working in the insurance (what happened to biology?) industry for over 15 years I took evening extension courses in art from UCSD, Mira Costa College as well as private lessons from noted local artists. Luckily, I crossed paths with Ron Juncal, the owner of Studio 2 ( in Carlsbad and got up the nerve to get out of insurance and began working with him as a full-time artist/ muralist. I have been with Studio 2 for over 22 years now and have had the opportunity to create many murals for residential, commercial and public venues.
In addition to working at Studio 2 I have pursued my personal art just about every day.

Please tell us about your art.
Through the years I studied many artistic mediums from Chinese Brush painting to collage. Currently my favorite paint medium is acrylics. I use a glazing process when painting so the quick drying time of acrylics is perfect for me and the look creates the clean image I see in my mind.

In addition to painting I also do collage. Six years ago, on a whim I assembled a collage from wine foils and found the medium intriguing and surprisingly popular. The wide range of colors of wine foils attracted me to putting them to use instead of throwing them in the trash. Thanks to the efforts (ha!) of family, friends and acquaintances I have a “limitless” collection of foils available. My wine foil art is very colorful. I love color. I try to have fun with my art and hope I can leave a smile or a positive message for the viewer.

What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
Being an artist is always a struggle. Artists are often expected to offer their work for less than it’s worth. As an artist I try to explain the process so the patron understands the time and effort involved in creating a finished product. Once they understand the many hours of research, prep work and time creating they feel better about their purchase and are proud of what they are buying.

North County has grown a lot with many new restaurants and businesses and along with this I have seen a great increase in the number of interior and exterior murals -wonderful, creative and interesting murals. More work for more artists. It’s fantastic!

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I work and show my art in the Foundry at New Village Arts, 2787 State Street, Carlsbad, CA.
The Foundry is a working art studio/gallery and showcases the work of 16 resident artists.

I’m honored to show my wine foil art at Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts, 363 Fifth Street, in the Gaslamp, San Diego, CA. 

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Image Credit:
Photos by Phyllis Swanson

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1 Comment

  1. Angie

    May 22, 2018 at 2:09 am

    You’re a beautiful artist and person! I love the rooster!

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