artist bio

hearts, photo/copyright: Kate Lawler 2012
hearts, photo/copyright: Kate Lawler 2012

My name is Carly Swenson, I feel a little pretentious writing about myself and my art in third person—therefore, I’m sticking with first-person. I was born and raised in Havre, Montana, and attended college at Bemidji State University located appropriately in Bemidji, Minnesota. Despite the name, Bemidji is not, in and of itself, an actual state.

I received a BFA in Visual Arts with 2D emphasis and a minor in Art History. I have found my understanding and interest in art history plays a persistent role in my work. I am currently living in Grand Forks, ND after having spent the previous seven years abroad.  I lived  on the Portuguese island of Terceira in the Azores for three years.  Living abroad has been a fantastic experience. However, Montana will always hold a very special place in my heart. Before Terceira, I spent four years in England.  I have learned that British people liking tea is a fairly accurate stereotype. I never liked coffee or tea until we moved there. I love it now. I think it helps make cloudy days feel cozy instead of depressing.

I have been creating art for, honestly, as long as I can remember.

I get sad if I don’t.

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  1. This is one of my fave pictures of you from the last year or so : ) so full of life with your cherries! “Life is like a bowl of cherries!” – just to quote a song.


  2. It’s harder to find tea drinkers here in England. Everyone is falling in love with Starbucks and Costa, leather sofas and skinny lattes. I look out of place asking for a cup of tea but I won’t be deterred.


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