If you’re searching for the perfect gift for the art enthusiast or collector on your list this season, then consider artwork by Vermont artist Fred Swan. At Sturbridge Yankee Workshop we offer a couple of beautiful prints by this artist that are perfect to display during this time of year. Read all about our distinguished artist and his work at Sturbridge below.
Fred Swan, unlike many of our artists at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, did not begin painting professionally until later in life. A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Fred actually is a self taught artist. He worked as a mathematics teacher at Spaulding High School in Barre, Vermont; where he still lives and works in his studio today. Upon retirement in 2000, Fred seriously took to painting full time. He is the past winner of The Saturday Evening Post Cover Contest in 1979; perhaps the first time others learned of Fred’s artistic talents.
Soon after and up to the present day, Fred has been featured in a variety of publications, such as Yankee Magazine and Vermont Life Magazine. Fred Swan has become known as an accomplished landscape artist and an artist who has as many say, an “immediately recognizable style.” He draws inspiration from the rustic beauty that surrounds him on a daily basis. Currently, his work is displayed in numerous private and corporate collections, like Johnson and Johnson, the estate of Malcolm Forbes and the Vermont Council of the Arts. Many of his paintings have been adapted for calendars and jig-saw puzzles.
Fred paints beautiful landscapes and house/barn scenes for all seasons, though his depiction of winter is breathtaking. Somehow he is able to portray warmth and nostalgia amongst the beds of snow and dark nights. Two examples of his winter scenes are found above and offered here at Sturbridge. To the left we have our Night Run Fox Print, where a mischievous red fox is seen in the foreground, almost peering back to check if he has any followers. A happy New England village is inviting you back inside to get warm; instilling the feeling of being nestled in by a fire. Shown below is our December Night Print; a similar theme though a bit more peaceful. A wooden barn, snow covered path, wire fence and the trees whose leaves have all been long gone, highlight the white house with lights aglow.
The realism in both of his paintings featured above is exceptional and beautifully framed with a double mat border, under glass. Working exclusively in acrylic paints, his meticulous attention to detail is supported by a very patient hand. Some of his original paintings can take an average of 500 hours to produce. The length of time to create these works of art forces him to consistently limit the number made of each publication; this is to ensure he has time to work on new paintings. Artist Fred Swan exposes rural country life so well because he truly has a passion for it and you can clearly see this love in all of his work over the past 30 years.
~Thank you Fred for sharing your talents with Sturbridge Yankee Workshop!