Biographical Information:
Kathleen Swaydan was born in Los Angeles and raised in South Pasadena. Her interest in drawing and painting started at an early age and was influenced by her grandmother, who was a talented, self-taught painter. In 1994 Kathleen returned to school to study fine art and art history and now holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees one in Art with an emphasis in painting and drawing, the other in Art History both from the University of Southern California. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Italian Renaissance Art History from Syracuse University, New York. Since completing her MA in 2003, she has focused on making art. She is a member of and exhibits with the California Art Club, Pasadena Society of Art , and Verdugo Hills Art Association. Her artwork has been exhibited in a solo show at MorYork, Highland Park, CA, and in group exhibitions at The Brand Library, Glendale, CA, McGinty Gallery in Altadena, CA, Jamison Gallery in Sierra Madre, CA, Towns-Burr Gallery in Burbank, CA and Segil Fine Art Gallery in Monrovia, CA; in addition she participates in a variety of local art fairs.

Artist Statement:
A long standing appreciation of Renaissance and Baroque art has influenced my study and creation of art. In support of this appreciation I spent a year of study in Florence, Italy while enrolled in a MA Program at Syracuse University. Initially, I focused on the still-life genre not only because of its long history, but also because it provided an unlimited supply of subject matter that could be “set-up” and drawn to tell a story.

My still-life compositions combine a variety of organic and non-organic , most of which contain a vessel or container the contents of which span the cycle of life and death. The majority of these compositions have been executed in graphite on paper. The tactile quality of graphite allowed me to build on the nuances of each surface represented by the objects that comprise my compositions. The transition to watercolor and pastel, not only allows me to continue "drawing", but also to incorporate color and ever changing vistas; vistas not unlike the variety presented in still-life compositions.

My art, whether watercolor, pastel or graphite, is influenced by the ancient Greek and Roman tradition of landscape and still life paintings frequently found on the walls of guest quarters in private domiciles such as those found in Pompeii. These images provided a private devotional area and visual banquet for the guests and evoked an impression of hospitality and generosity. This ancient tradition is the undertone of my artwork.

Solo Exhibitions:
Oct. 2010 MorYork Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
July 2010 The Coffee Gallery, Altadena, CA
Jan. 2006 Theosophical Society Library Gallery, Altadena, CA

Group Exhibitions:
Dec. 2009 McGinty's Gallery at the End of the World, Altadena, CA
Nov. 2009 Arroyo Art's Collective, Discovery Tour 2009, Los Angeles, CA
Creative Arts Group, Sierra Madre, CA
Oct. 2009 Art on Palm, Altadena, CA
Sept. 2009 McGinty's Gallery at the End of the World, Altadena, CA
June 2009 McGinty's Gallery at the End of the World, Altadena, CA
May 2009 Pasadena Society of Artists, 84th Annual Exhibit, VIVA Gallery, Sherman Oaks, CA
Apr. 2009 Pasadena Waldorf School Festival of Art, Altadena, CA
Mar. 2009 McGinty's Gallery at the End of the World, Altadena, CA

Dec. 2008 McGinty's Gallery at the End of the World, Altadena, CA
Nov. 2008 Art on Palm, Altadena, CA
Nov. 2008 Creative Arts Group, Sierra Madre, CA
Oct. 2008 Art in the Atrium, Studio City, CA
May 2008 Art on Palm, Altadena, CA
Apr. 2008 Pasadena Society of Artists 83rd Annual Show, Brand Library, Glendale, CA
McGinty's Gallery at the End of the World, Altadena, CA

Nov. 2007 Creative Arts Group Annual Art Festival, Sierra Madre, CA
Oct. 2007 Pasadena Society of Artists, Whites Gallery, Montrose, CA
Art on Palm, Altadena, CA
Aug, 2007 Pasadena Society of Artists, Los Angeles Arboretum, Arcadia, CA
June, 2007 Pasadena Society of Artists, 82nd Annual Exhibition, VIVA Gallery, Sherman Oaks, CA
May, 2007 Art on Palm, Altadena, CA

Nov. 2006 Creative Arts Group Annual Art Festival, Sierra Madre, CA
July, 2006 Pasadena Society of Artists, 81st Annual Exhibition, VIVA Gallery, Sherman Oaks, CA
Apr. 2006 Pasadena Society of Artists, Spring Exhibition, Whites Gallery, Montrose, CA

Dec. 2005 Pasadena Society of Artists, Holiday Exhibition, Whites Gallery, Montrose, CA
Nov. 2005 Creative Arts Group Annual Art Festival, Sierra Madre, CA

Awards & Honors:
May 2009 Honorable Mention
Pasadena Society of Artists, 84th Annual Exhibit, VIVA Gallery, Sherman Oaks, CA

Affiliations:
Pasadena Society of Artists
Creative Arts Group, Sierra Madre, CA
College Arts Association

Education:
2003 Master of Arts Degree: Italian Renaissance Art History, Syracuse University,
New York and Florence, Italy
2002 Bachelor of Arts Degree: Art History, University of Southern California
Bachelor of Arts Degree: Studio Art, University of Southern California
1975 Associate of Arts Degree: Fine Arts, Pasadena Community College