Scott Swezy came to New Mexico in 1974 to study art at the University of New Mexico. Having grown up on the east coast, the contrast could not be more striking when confronted with the open spaces of the desert, the majesty of the mountains and the spectacular sunsets. His work was instantly influenced by this landscape and after school he travelled extensively throughout New Mexico, Arizona, and southern Utah sketching and painting along the way.
In 1988 Scott opened the Scott Swezy Fine Art printmaking studio where he taught privately and created colorful monotypes and screenprints. The following decade found him on a new journey, into the world of abstraction. He began exploring new materials, acrylic over large textured canvases, often incorporating found objects into these large-scale works. During this time he began traveling the country exhibiting in some of the most prestiges art fairs in the United States, including Cherry Creek, (Denver), St. Louis Artfair, Coconut Grove, (Miami), Sausalito Art Festival, and many more. At many of these shows Scott was selected to create the events' limited edition poster.
Recently Scott has begun working with some select galleries, and has again returned to the landscape which was the source of his inspiration on his initial journey west. These new works are done using soft pastel, a medium perfect for reflecting the rich, brilliant colors of the desert southwest. Working on heavy paper or board he applies a special "sanded" paint which creates a rough surface on which to draw.