The published monographs of artist Susan Swartz, Natural Revelations and Painters of the Wasatch Mountains.
A comprehensive collection of the most representative works of Susan Swartz, Natural Revelations was published in 2008 and went on to win the Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) for best regional non-fiction book. The annual competition drew 3,000 entries with over 600 in the regional category.
Paired with select poems or relevant quotes from renowned writers, Swartz's evocative landscape paintings bring to life the weighty silence and charged beauty of the natural world. The 106-page, four-color book opens with an essay from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Robert Coles and concludes with an essay from famed naturalist, Dr. Jane Goodall. Sandwiched between these lofty writings is an unwritten plea–one implored through fervent brushstrokes and impassioned swipes of the palette knife–to preserve the world's divine wildness for our children and grandchildren.
Called "a prayer for future generations", Natural Revelations is an enduring work of some of Swartz's most iconic paintings.
Painters of the Wasatch
Internationally known for her mountain renditions, Swartz's work is included in the 2005 collectors book, Painters of the Wasatch Mountains, published by Gibbs Smith and written by Robert S. Olpin, Ann W. Orton and Thomas F. Rugh. Writes Rugh, who is also the founding director of the Museum of Utah Art & History,
The richness of [Swartz's] canvases reflects the lure of the American West-the yearning to follow paths that will lead to discovery and enlightenment. The beauty and density of her wooded landscapes are a universal symbol of the journey to a better world.
A distinct painting development focused on the American West's Wasatch Range emerged in the nineteenth century and persists today. Painters of the Wasatch Mountains presents for the first time a comprehensive survey of the gamut of painters who formed and have carried forward an expression of nature's mighty gift to visitors and residents of Utah. Grouped much like the Hudson River School in the East, the Wasatch School of artists includes painters Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, H.L.A. Culmer, Maynard Dixon and of course, Susan Swartz, whom the book's authors call "a significant contemporary American landscape painter."