Mary Swanson Art

Mary Swanson Art

My name is Mary Swanson and I am an American Expat currently residing in Madrid, Spain. I am originally from Rockford, Illinois and attended college at DePaul University where I received my BA in Secondary Art Education in 2016.

I have been an art educator for over 15 years teaching in both high school and middle school. My personal work consists of oil painting, graphic design, and abstract illustrations.

My most recent work highlights my life overseas with my husband and two daughters; I use original photographs from our travels and illustrate a portion of the original image. This work can be viewed on my personal travel blog as well as Instagram.

Exhibitions and Publications include:


2016 Group, Dubuque Museum of Art, Iowan Portrait Project Preview Show, Dubuque, IA

2015 Group, Columbus Invitational Arts Exhibition, King Arts Center's Elijah Pierce Gallery, Columbus, OH

2015 Solo, Embracing OCD, Fresh A.I.R. Gallery, Columbus, OH

2015 Group, Wearable Art Exhibition, University of Iowa Museum of Art,Iowa City, IA

2014 Group, About Face, Black Earth Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA

2013 Group, Small Works Show, Chait Galleries, Iowa City, IA


2015 (Print Media) Artists to Know - 2nd Edition - Starry Night Production

2015 (Print Media) Columbus Alive Arts and Entertainment Magazine, Columbus, Ohio

2014 (Print Media) Medical Journal, OCD Action, London, England, 20th Edition

2014 (Print Media) Medical Journal, International OCD Foundation, Boston, MA,

2013 (Online Periodical) Daily Palette, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, Artist Spotlight


2015 NPR - All Sides with Ann Fisher, WOSUradio, Columbus, OH

Abstract Illustrations

Digital Illustrations