I count myself among a growing number of painters addressing the resurgent interest in the nude as motif. My approach is visceral, fluid, and direct. It is the formal character of painting that I am interested in, the composition, form and quality of color. Working from life with a wide array of media, I am compelled quickly to build a sense of form or underlying structure during those fleeting moments when the conditions, the subject in its environment, the spirit and vision all coalesce. I ultimately seek to inspire the viewer with an economic and well – orchestrated realization of the human form.
Painter Charles Swisher, born in Havre de Grace, MD, regularly exhibits at Bowery Gallery in Chelsea, New York City as well as at the Isadore Gallery in Lancaster, PA. In 1984, he earned an MFA in Painting from Parsons School of Design in NYC, where he was awarded two Helena Rubenstein scholarships. In 1985-‘87 Swisher lived in Japan, studying sumi-e painting and literature with painter Tetsuo Ando in Kawasaki. From 1987- ’93, he worked for painters Paul Resika and Nell Blaine, both Hans Hoffman students and exponents of the “Second Generation” New York School. He has also studied in England at Crewe & Alsager College, in Salzburg, Austria, and at Kutztown University in PA. In 1998, Swisher won a residency award and exhibition in Brittany, France through the Maryland Institute, College of Art. In 2001, another residency, sponsored by BMW, followed in Bavaria, Germany. Charles Swisher has exhibited throughout the United States. He currently lives and paints in Lancaster, PA.