JAMES W. SWANSON OPA         "Cow Crossing"        16x20"       $3000         (Available for presale)                                                                                                                                                                              

The Artist James Swanson is from Wisconsin originally and was going to be a Forest Ranger in College, but found he was better at painting trees than identifying them. So James transferred to a professional art college and never looked back.

James received his BFA at The Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio in 1983. After graduation James moved to Chicago and set up shop and became a successful Illustrator working for Ad Agencies and Magazines, a few of his clients he worked with were McDonalds, Budweiser, ESPN, US Tennis Open, The U, S, Olympic Volleyball Team, and Soap Box Derby.

James has made an excellent transition from Illustration to Fine Art and has representation with numerous Galleries across the United States. His eclectic fine art oil painting project "The Artist and the Traveler" has drawn rave reviews from everyone who has seen it. The oil paintings from the project by themselves have received a number of “Best of Show" and 2 other awards from exhibitions around the country. Making Oil Paintings from traveler’s journeys keeps him inspired and surprised. "I am in awe of this world, and want to paint every part of it."

James's latest news is being named as a Signature member of the Oil Painters of America. He was awarded the honor by having multiple works accepted into their highly competitive National and Regional Juried exhibitions. James also asked to be a judge of the 2016 East Regional show for the Oil Painters of the America's 2016 exhibition in Cincinnati Ohio.

James’s latest painting award is his painting "Loaded Down Woman" won the Quinquagenary Grand Prize in Painting at the 73rd Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition at the Swope Art Museum, and then was bought for the Art Museum. And to top it all off another painting James had in the show "A Winters Walk" won a purchase award and will be staying at the art museum too.