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"Pictures of An Expedition 1972–2023" by Richard Swayze
"Pictures of An Expedition 1972–2023" by Richard Swayze

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 21st


Nevada City Winery

"Pictures of An Expedition 1972–2023" by Richard Swayze

Discover the vivid artistry of Richard Swayze in “Pictures of An Expedition 1972–2023,” where his pencil, watercolor, and oil creations transcend the boundaries of reality and invite you to embark on your own expedition of wonder.

Time & Location

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 21st

Nevada City Winery, 321 Spring St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

About The Event

Richard Swayze's "Pictures of An Expedition 1972–2023"

Pencil, Watercolor, and Oils on Wood Panels and Canvas

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 21st | 5:30–7:30 pm

Showing at the Nevada City Winery Gallery October 19th – December 3rd

About the Show

The Nevada City Winery Gallery is pleased to show, "Pictures of An Expedition 1972–2023" by the versatile artist, Richard Swayze. 

Drawing inspiration from what lies before him and his personal interpretation of the world, Swayze creates pieces that are a testament to his experiences, both real and aspirational. This collection showcases a diverse range of artistry, including pencil drawings, watercolors, and oil paintings. These works take us on a journey that transcends time, recounting the adventures of a fictional expedition that traversed majestic mountain ranges and urban landscapes across the globe.

Spanning from the 1970s to the present day, Swayze's creations blur the lines between reality and imagination, inviting us to join in the spirit of adventure.

Artist Statement

Artist Richard Swayze talks about his Show “Pictures of An Expedition 1972–2023” at the Nevada City Winery Gallery.

I paint in a small rustic studio with an easel gifted to me by the artist Richard Hough, often while sitting on an office chair salvaged from a commercial remodel. I paint what is in front of me and what I think I understand, and places I’ve been and places I want to travel to. I use photos and real objects and memories for references. Lately I’ve been listening to the music of Iris DeMent and Mussorgsky while working.

This exhibit, “Pictures of An Expedition 1972–2023,” consists of pencil drawings, watercolors, and oils that record a fictional expedition that explored mountain ranges and urban environments around the world from the 1970’s to the present.

About the Artist

Richard Swayze is a carpenter who lives in a small house in Colfax, surrounded by Doug firs, Ponderosa pines, and oaks.

Swayze studied at the Instituto Allende, the Academia de Belle Arti di Firenze, the San Francisco Art Institute, and Sierra College. He first came to the Sierra Foothills after receiving an Artist in Residence Grant from Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco.


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