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Paula Swaydan-Grebel

  • I draw and paint as a means of expression. As far back as I can remember I have created to understand and communicate the world around me. I now work with a variety of mediums and frequently use acrylic paints for I enjoy how I can manipulate and push about different colors, values, and textures. My goal as an artist is to produce honest work that connects us to our world in unexpected ways.

    When I paint a still life, I choose simple everyday objects. I add color to the set ups using flowers, paper, or fabric, until intuitively I find something pleasing. Typically I use a nearby window to light the subject. I squint and look for the interesting patterns of lights and darks. With my rural and urban landscapes, I choose to paint what I like to look at or what peaks my interest. I attempt to simplify what I see into basic color-value shapes and pleasing designs. With all paintings I look for elements of surprise and try for honesty via focused observation.

    My art instructor at California State University of Long Beach, John Lincoln, was most influential on molding my artistic tastes. He introduced me to artists I continue to admire. There is also the influence of Fairfield Porter. This Harvard graduate let his painting dictate the results. I admire him for that and that he found inspiration in objects and scenes of his everyday surroundings. He also looked for value shapes, which dissolved one into another, something I find exciting. For the past several years I have continued my studies with two very special artist in Philadelphia. They have enhanced my knowledge of what art is and so much more.

    Hopefully my work achieves a sense of the ‘here and now’, depth, and beauty. In the end I want to show honest expressive paintings that communicate on many levels.

    1981 BFA from California State University Long Beach
    2008-2011 CE in Painting, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    2006-2008 Independent studies MI, PA


    2015 Cedarburg Museum of Art, Cedarburg, WI
    2014 Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
    2014 Delafield Arts Center, Delafield, WI
    2013 Tory Folliard, Milwaukee, WI
    2013 Mr. Helsinki, Fish Creek, WI
    2013 Frank Juarez Contemporary Gallery, WI
    2013, Chez Cheryl, Baileys Harbor, WI
    2012 Miller Art Muesum, Sturgeon Bay, WI
    2011 Tory Folliard, Milwaukee, WI
    2011 Woodwalk Gallery, Door County, WI
    2010 Tory Folliard, Milwaukee, WI
    2010 Miller Art Museum, Sturgeon Bay, WI
    2009 Tory Folliard, Milwaukee, WI
    2009 The Art Bar, Milwaukee, WI
    2007 Brick Gallery, Clarksdale, MS
    2006 Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI
    2006 Peninsula Art School, Fish Creek, WI
    2006 Gallery HB, Huntington Beach, CA
    2005 Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art, Bolivar, MO
    2004 Art Escape Gallery, Thiensville, WI
    2004 Brestler Eitel, Milwaukee, WI
    2003 Two Fish Gallery, Elkhart Lake, WI
    2001 The Foyer Gallery, Wichita, KS
    2001 Gleischman Sumner Company, Inc., Milwaukee, WI
    1999 John Michael Kohler Art Center, Kohler, WI


    2013 First Place “Paint the Town”, Plymouth WI
    2009 Plein Air Invitational, Door County, WI
    2006 “Oil Painters of America”, Plymouth Art Center, WI
    2005 Best of Show, Cedarburg Plein Air Contest, Cedarburg, WI
    2004 Best of Show, Cultural Center, Cedarburg, WI
    2004 Best of Show, Gallery 110 N, Plymouth, WI
    2003 Honorable Mention, ASW National Contest, NC
    2003 Best of Show, The Artpost 2 Gallery, Grafton, WI
    2002 Best of Show, Gallery 110 North, Plymouth, WI
    2001 First Place, The Art Show at the Dog Show National Contest, KS
    1998 & 2001 John Michael Arts Center, Kohler, WI
    1998 & 1999 Oconomowoc Gallery, Oconomowoc, WI
    1999 First Place, The Artist’s Magazine National Contest, OH


    Cedarburg Museum, WI
    Sartori Cheese Co., WI
    California Collection, Hyatt Regency, Huntington Beach, CA
    Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. Milwaukee, WI
    Mr. & Mrs. Osawa, Japan
    Mr. & Mrs. Borges, Netherlands
    Mr. & Mrs. Bowden Flowers, MS
    Ozaukee Bank, Cedarburg, WI
    Victorian Village Resort, Elkhart Lake, WI
    Baymont Inn & Suites, Plymouth, WI
    Eastern Shores Library Systems, WI

    Artdose Magazine, March 2013
    LA Artist Magazine & Orange County Artist Magazine Online
    Gallery Interview WSCS (TV8) Sheboygan, Charter 95 & 990.
    2009 Wisconsin Association of PEG Channels Video Festival
    Shepherd Express, Milwaukee, WI, January 2010
    WUWM 89.7FM, Lake Effect Interview, July 9,2008
    Sheboygan Press, WI, December 2008
    Milwaukee Magazine December 2008
    Madison Magazine, WI, November 2008
    Here’s Clarksdale, MS, November 2007
    National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society, A Tradition of Excellence, 2005
    News Graphics, Grafton, WI, July, 2005
    The Review, Plymouth, WI, February 2002
    Art Supply Warehouse Catalogue, NC, 2001
    The Art Show at the Dog Show, KS< 2001
    The Artist’s Magazine, OH, January 2000


    Artist in Education, Milwaukee, WI
    Peninsula Art School, Fish Creek, WI
    Plymouth Art Center, Plymouth WI
    John Michael Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
    Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend WI


    2014 Plein Air Contest, New Berlin, WI
    Plein Air Contest, Sheboygan, WI
    2013 Plein Air Contest, New Berlin, WI
    2011 Plein Air Contest, Cedarburg, WI
    Ravon Gallery, Pewaukee, WI
    Gallery 110N, Plymouth WI
    Woodlake, Kohler, WI


    2012 Peninsula Art School, Fish Creek, WI
    2010 Mead Library, Sheboygan County, WI