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David Noah Giles and C. J. Swanson are both artists who paint. They have been together for a few decades making art and showing work. You are encouraged to make contact with inquiries about anything related to this art, such as, how to acquire it and availability.
They are located in Washington State in the Olympia area.
Two Artists-One Site
C.J. Swanson was born in Tacoma, Washington. She always knew that being an artist was part of who she was and who she would become. She was from a working class background where being an artist came as somewhat of a surprise to her mother. Even so she was encouraged and brought joy to her family with her natural drawing abilities. She studied painting and drawing as well as theater and drama and earned a 2-year degree. She was advised after she moved to Seattle to pursue more serious avenues as an artist so she took classes in life painting and life drawing at The Factory School of Art, which was taught by Susan Gofstein from Chicago. Wanting to pursue a more practical side of art, she went back to school to study graphic arts and then interior design, but painting was what she liked the most. That led her to begin painting on her own. Her guidance toward fulfilling a life as an artist came when she met her mentor, who was teaching a Still Life painting class in 1991. This was the beginning of her life as a true practicing artist. C.J. has made art for public projects and commercial murals. With her husband, they operated an art gallery where they offered art classes and gave monthly exhibitions to artists from around the Puget Sound. She has shown her work in many different venues and has sold several paintings. Her work is in Microsoft and Pierce County collections, as well as many private collections. She currently lives and paints in Tumwater near Olympia, Washington.
David Noah Giles was born and raised in New York City. He attended public schools and grew up in the borough of Queens. His mother was a painter and inspired him to be an artist. He has been painting and drawing from a young age. He majored in painting in the BFA program of the State University at New Paltz New York. For a period of three years he painted under Professor Joop Sanders (a protégé of Wilem de Kooning’s) he studied painting and drawing with Professor Alex Minewski (who studied with Hans Hoffman). Then broadening his horizons he and his friend traveled by bus from New York to Mexico City, Guadalejara and San Miguel de Allende. His purpose was to see the murals of Orozoco and Rivera. From there he went to San Francisco and continued his art studies at the California College of Art in Oakland. He was awed by the spectacular natural beauty of the state and decided to make it his home. Being around the Bay Area with it’s eclectic culture of visual arts and music has had a permanent influence on him. He further developed his painting and art history knowledge making use of the great book stores and libraries. His friends were poets, artists and musicians they would often meet at Caffé Trieste, one of the original espresso cafes on the West Coast. David always had his large sketchbook and pens with him where ever he went in the city. After nearly 20 years in SF he made his way to the Great Pacific Northwest in the early 1990’s, he settled in Seattle and set up a studio.
He has maintained a continuous devotion to painting and art history and believes in the importance of the artist’s contribution to culture and philosophy of the world society. He views the artist as a citizen of the world. His work evolved from figurative to abstract, although not exclusively. He still paints landscapes and makes collages as well. He teaches art classes and has shown work in many venues over the past 25 years. His work is in several collections in America. Currently he lives in Tumwater, Washington with his wife who is also a committed artist.