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Carroll Swayze

Carroll Swayze

I have been an independent artist my entire life. My mother. Ruth Swayze, was a writer who wrote the television show "Taxi" among other notable projects.  I started painting when I was 8 years old and did my first outdoor art show, The Allentown Art Festival in Buffalo, NY, when I was 14. I studied Painting & Printmaking at York University in Toronto, Ontario, and continued my studies at The Ringling School of Art & Design, in Sarasota, Florida.

I have always lived by the beach, surfing, fishing, diving, and snorkeling. I got my first boat when I was seven years old and I was raised to understand that we are the caretakers of our fragile environment. I have always been passionate about the ocean. My subject matter reflects my love of the sea. I have maintained my studio here in Englewood/Boca Grande area for over 40 years now and have developed a good reputation as a fine artist being very involved in all aspects of art in my community.

I was on the steering committee, which saved, restored and created The Hermitage Artists Retreat, an international artist’s retreat which was my Mother’s old house on the beach. I was on the board of directors of the Englewood Art Center when we raised the money to expand and build what has become one of the most vibrant community art centers in the area, now operated by the Ringling School of Art & Design.  I was chosen as one of ten North American artists to participate in the first ever outdoor art festival in Japan, the Yokohama International Open-Air Art Fair in Yokohama, Japan, in October of 2009. I sponsor many programs in the schools and in my studio to help keep original art alive and I am honored to have a scholarship named for me in our local high school, Lemon Bay High, sponsored by our Rotary Club. I am on the Board of the National Association of Independent Artists. I wrote and published a book called How to Run the Best Art Show. I recently published two coloring books. 

The Swayze Studio is a 5-acre eclectic piece of Old Florida and I welcome visitors throughout the year to my property to relax, enjoy original art and live music.  I have a stage on my studio property and host music and art events throughout the season.

I am 65 years old, I am well-traveled, and I’ve raised three sons and have four grandchildren. I have been a working artist my entire life and I have an enormous amount of life experience that I am proud to share. I believe that art is important in everyday life and I strive to continue the adventure.

Carroll Swayze

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