Since I can remember, it has been my childhood dream to be an artist. Local to the Twin Cities, I attained my Bachelor's degree from Bethel University in Studio Art and Art History.
In 2008, I spent a semester studying in New York City. This was a very pivotal stage in my life and art career. I had always pursued painting, but I received some harsh criticism from a professor that I would never be a painter, that I didn’t have what it takes. Lost and feeling dejected, I exchanged my paintbrush for pencils. It was here that I learned I could actually draw and I first used pointillism for an anatomical, clinical approach. My inspiration was the female reproductive system; drawing a sort of self-portrait / tongue-in-cheek subject matter directed at the criticism received. You can see these on the Anatomy Drawings page - Fallopian Tubes I - IV.
I then took a 14 year hiatus from anatomy - what I call “The Gap.” Bringing home drawings of female anatomy back in 2008 did not go over so well in the Midwest. After much shame and judgment, I went back to more acceptable content - architecture, landscape, botanical pieces…never really finding my passion or stride, or that AHA moment where I knew this is what I am here to create.
It wasn’t until 2019 that I rediscovered my love for anatomy to process my own pain. Most mornings throughout the year I had trouble walking, standing, getting dressed, getting ready for work. Daily tasks were extremely difficult. I learned that I have structural issues in my pelvis and spine. To accept and process my own body and experience, I turned to art and finding myself in nature, and Pelvis I (with Gladioli) was born.
Today, using light, texture, and my love for botany and anatomy, I hope to portray strength, acceptance, growth, beauty through pain, determination, peace and healing for whomever needs it. Utilizing pointillism and other drawing techniques, now including India ink, I am excited to continue to expand my own body of work, as well as create custom one-of-a-kind commissions for individuals and companies.
This is what I’m here to create.
- Laine Swanson