I have long been fascinated by the powerful connection between art and the environment — both define us as a people. Standing in a riverbed deep within the walls of a canyon or at the helm of a boat contemplating the vastness of our oceans, I try to imagine how an artist chooses color and finds form, and I am humbled. The outer world of nature and the interpretive world of art both insist that we transcend our narrow self-interest and see beyond what is right in front of us. Artists seek universal truths and help us form a community that responds to these truths and not to rhetoric or partisanship. The natural world reminds us how we are all connected, not by geography, but by river tributaries and wind patterns and fault lines. We depend on each other and also depend on the stewardship of the natural world. For it provides our lifeblood: clean air and water. Read More
Susan’s solo exhibition, BREATH OF NATURE, has just opened at London’s Belgravia Gallery. The paintings included in the show mark a turning point in Susan’s artistic vision towards an increasingly abstract—and increasingly urgent yet hopeful — painting style. Perhaps no painting illustrates this change more clearly than the title work Breathless. Read More
PARK CITY, Utah August 19 – Strikingly different life experiences brought environmental campaigners Susan Swartz, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Louie Psihoyos to each other’s attention. But having sparked a strong friendship the three are now speaking jointly to sound an alarm about the fragility of our planet and the very personal impact environmental challenges can have on us and our families.
On November 7th Bobby Kennedy, the President and guiding force behind Waterkeeper Alliance, one of the largest international environmental groups in the world with nearly 200 organizations on six continents, will join American abstract painter Susan Swartz and Academy Award-winning documentary director, Louie Psihoyos, Executive Director of the Oceanic Preservation Society, at London’s Belgravia Gallery to talk about “A Shared Passion for Environmental Campaigning.” Read More