The Storm


Completed: July, 2020
Dimensions: 19.75″ x 29″
Edition Size: 150 Prints
Paper: MOAB Entrada Natural 300 GS (Archival 100% Cotton-Rag Paper)
Media: Giclee Fine Art Print

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The first

Inspired by Pope Francis’ Urbi Et Orbi on Friday, March 27, 2020, addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic with reference to Mark 4:35-41, Swanson was moved to create an artwork. The Pope’s words:

“We were caught off guard by an unexpected, turbulent storm. We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other. On this boat… are all of us. Just like those disciples, who spoke anxiously with one voice, saying “We are perishing” (v. 38), so we too have realized that we cannot go on thinking of ourselves, but only together can we do this.”
perfectly encapsulated the world’s plight, and our need to help each other.

The Storm began as many small watercolor sketches, each one trying to convey the rowers’ struggle against a raging storm. Swanson chose one 9″ x 11″ watercolor sketch, which he first called, We are All Rowers on the Ship. He painted and tried new ideas on the sketch, as he worked on a larger 15.25″ x 21″ painting, THE STORM. The larger size allowed him to add many more details to the sky and to the figures, as well as a colorful border. The larger painting was digitally scanned on June 19th, to create a record of the artwork and for use in the Giclee edition. Swanson continued to work on the painting while proofing the Giclee. With every proof printed, he added additional colors and details to the artwork. THE STORM painting was completed on July 6th. The Giclee image was expanded to 19.75″ x 29″. After eleven proofs, created over more than three months, the Giclee edition was approved for printing on July 14th. The first prints from the edition were signed, and numbered on July 27, 2020.

Because Swanson printed giclee editions in smaller batches, only those printed during his lifetime are signed by the artist. The remaining prints from the edition are made using the same image he created and approved, but with his signature printed where he would have signed them.

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