David Swanagin is a self-taught oil painter specializing in mood-evoking landscapes and interiors. He originally began painting at twelve, where his focus on detail and reality formed the groundwork for more spontaneous work. His artwork now ranges from representational to impressionistic. Through light and shadows, David presents realistic views resulting in appealing contemporary works. Wanting viewers to feel an emotional resonance in his work, David attempts to incorporate a sense of connection between the artist and the scene.
Most important to me, and really the basis of my work, is strong shadow and light. I think it makes a scene much more powerful. If I can convey a sense of place and how it makes me feel, then I think I’ve succeeded as an artist.