Vance McSwain taught high school art for thirty years. He is presently a professor in the Art Department at West Texas A & M University. Vance’s art can best be described as Contemporary Realism. Contemporary Realism combines the visual beauty and excitement of contemporary art with the drawing and painting skills present in traditional and academic art.
Vance is a member of the Amarillo Fine Arts Association, The Lone Star Pastel Society, and the Panhandle Portrait Association. Vance has won numerous awards for both oil and pastel. His work is represented in a number of private collections throughout the area. Vance received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Art Education from Texas Tech University. He studied in Italy with Louisiana Tech University’s Foreign Studies Program. In addition, Vance has studied with Emilio Caballero, Ken Dixon, Clarence Kincaide, Mike Mahon, Ann Templeton, and Keith Wicks.
To Vance, the creation of art requires the artist to first develop a high degree of ability and skill in their media. Next, it is necessary to learn to look deeply into the visual structure of the subject and discover what is visually exciting and intriguing. Then, decide how to help a viewer experience that particular visual and emotional moment. This process is a lifelong quest that helps motivate Vance to continue learning from each new painting and experience.