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The news of artist, environmental activist, documentary film producer and philanthropist Susan Swartz.

Verdant and Susan Swartz

As the bright blooms of spring begin, one hue finally dominates the landscape around Susan’s studio in the Utah mountains: green. Susan is well accustomed to this annual shock of strong alpine color and has incorporated summer’s shade into many of her earlier works. Even so, a lifetime of mountain springs and ocean summers could not have prepared her for the particular and verdant hues of green that are native to Ireland.

Returning last autumn from her solo show at London’s Belgravia Gallery, Susan stopped in the Emerald Isle. While her visit was short, the impact was deep. In the following months, Susan was moved to create five different pieces — Nature’s Mirage, Azure Glen, Emerald Glen, Emerald Spirit and Untitled 020 — all inspired by the depth of those cool, damp greens.

Now a final burst of green has emerged on her canvas, Albion Pass II, as Susan remembers the spectacular blooms of a summer in Alta.

 

Susan Swartz Exhibiting in Palm Beach February 5-10, 2013

American International Fine Art Fair 2013

American International Fine Art Fair 2013

For a third season, Susan Swartz will be exhibiting in Palm Beach with Michael James Fine Arts. This year Michael James will be featuring Swartz’s most recent paintings at the American International Fine Arts Fair, February 5 – 10, 2013 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Please email info@susanswartz.com for complimentary tickets.

Read more and view the complete selection of Susan’s paintings.

Human Nature: Susan Swartz in the Mayfair Resident

Environmentalist Susan Swartz is known for her passionate commitment to environmental preservation, yet her campaign is not recognized through speeches or petitions, but though her artwork. In recent years, her painting style has captured the attention of both museums and collectors, prompting them to take environmental concerns more seriously. As she freely admits, her canvas has a clear underlying narrative, ‘an urgent plea to notice, respect and preserve our natural environment,’ Susan explains…

Read the entire Human Nature article in The Mayfair Resident and visit Susan’s BREATH OF NATURE exhibit at Belgravia Gallery, 25 Albemarle Street, London W1 until November 24th.

National Museum of Women in the Arts UK Friends Event with Susan Swartz

Patti White, Susan Swartz, Beth Colocci

Susan Swartz, Conversation with the Artist
6 November at 11 a.m.
Belgravia Gallery, 45 Albemarle St, London, Greater London W1S 4JL
Nearest tubes: Green Park and Picadilly Circus

Enjoy a coffee and conversation with Susan Swartz at her exhibition, BREATH OF NATURE.  Swartz is an American landscape artist and environmental campaigner whose work probes the intersection between devout spirituality and a reverance for nature.  Her art is part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.  Swartz is also an impassioned environmental activist and educator who has worked with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Jane Goodall in their efforts to shed light on environmental issues.

Supporting Subscribers free; Subscribers £10; Guests £20. rsvp@nmwa-uk.org and post cheque to Friends of NMWA, UK, Box 539, 28 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3SS.

 

Forward to Susan Swartz Catalogue by Waterkeeper Alliance Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

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 Swartz and the One World We All Belong To

Just like Susan, Mary Oliver has dedicated most of her career to the environment. The American poet and recipient of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize turns towards nature for inspiration and describes the sense of wonder it instills in her. “When it’s over,” she says, “I want to say: all my life / I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.” (“When Death Comes” from New and Selected Poems (1992).)

This month, the 77-year old Oliver released her newest book of poetry entitled A Thousand Mornings. In a recent interview with NPR’s Rachel Martin, Oliver says her work has become more spiritual over the years — but she feels a great sorrow over humanity’s lack of care for that world. “The woods that I loved as a child are entirely gone. The woods that I loved as a young adult are gone. The woods that most recently I walked in are not gone, but they’re full of bicycle trails,” she says.

All of the pieces in A Thousand Mornings are lovely, but Susan is particularly drawn to these resonant words:

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The Essence of a Breath: Susan Swartz Opening Today at Belgravia Gallery

Susan’s solo exhibitionBREATH 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.

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Forward to Susan Swartz Belgravia Catalogue by Oceanic Preservation Society's Louie Psihoyos

As an artist, Susan spent years painting the grandeur and serenity of the natural world. When she became desperately ill with environmentally-bred diseases, Susan saw the fragility of nature. So too for me. As a photographer for National Geographic I was able to catalogue the beauty of our planet for two decades. As a diver for that same period of time, I was able to bear witness to its degradation.

It is from this perspective that I, along with a close group of like-minded activists, formed the Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS). Nobody could have predicted the success of our first endeavor, the Academy Awardâ winning film The Cove, but there was never any question of its importance. Susan saw the truth in our story right away, and became a champion of OPS and a supporter of our films.

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Autumn Movement by Carl Sandburg

Hidden Forest
72 x 48

I cried over beautiful things knowing no beautiful thing lasts.
The field of cornflower yellow is a scarf at the neck of the copper
sunburned woman, the mother of the year, the taker of seeds.
The northwest wind comes and the yellow is torn full of holes,
new beautiful things come in the first spit of snow on the northwest wind,
and the old things go, not one lasts.
— Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)