Katya Swafford
カティヤ スワフォード

My Painting Materials and Creative Process /画材と制作プロセス

My paintings are painted on premium European watercolor papers. Italian Fabriano (used by Michelangelo) and French Arches papers are both pure cotton and will not become discolored with time. I use mostly transparent watercolors, and sometimes also make and use colored gouache, using Daniel Smith watercolors. These watercolors are exceptionally fine quality and light-fast; they will keep their original hues throughout time.

Water color pigments are applied on both wet and dry paper, using diverse brushes ranging from California house painting brushes to fine Japanese calligraphy brushes. Natural ocean sponges are also used. By using a variety of brushes and sponges I create variations in line and texture.

I have developed my own painting method which includes submerging each painting in water several times during the process of creation. The submerging in water, and then over glazing with layers of color, gives each painting a feeling of color depth and fluidity.

Each painting begins with a concept, and is allowed to develop a life of its own; blending and balancing control and serendipity, soft and hard, warm and cool, until a sense of wholeness is reached.






Dimensions of Paintings /絵の寸法

Size/サイズ Approximate Dimensions (inches)/縦×横
XS 10 cm x 10 cm (4" x 4")
S 25 cm x 45 cm (10" x 18")
M 50 cm x 70 cm (20" x28")
L 60 cm x 100 cm (23" x 40")
XL 100 cm x 180 cm (40" x 70")

Paintings Purchased for Collections /所蔵先

Japan: Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe, Nara, Nagasaki USA: San Francisco, Los Angels, Carmel, Berkeley, St. Louis, Boston, New York Purchased for homes and clinics.