Amy Swenson was born and raised in Minnesota's Twin Cities. There, she graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1998 with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, painting. Always loving the thrills of travel and adventure, in 2006 she moved to California, eventually settling into the comfortable, marine layered climate of Redondo Beach.
Since then, she's become enamored with the variety of landscapes that surround her in that part of the country. Beaches, the ocean, deserts, mountains, plants, animals and even the sky all have distinctly different colors, moods, textures and personalities from where she grew up.
Her paintings are a reflection of these things. Many of her compositions are taken directly from observation, others are close up studies of color, texture and pattern, while others still are just for fun.