I have been influenced by many things throughout my life. I often use my photographer father John Swannell's portraits of the rich and famous to recreate into paintings. Beauty is not of particular interest to me, I find more depth in floored, asymmetrical faces. Faces that tell a story! I search for something deeper than what is thought of as typical beauty.....something dark, gothic, sinister even.
I have also been influenced greatly by film, dark fairy tales. I want to capture the way the film has made me feel and recreate that into a painting. Pausing one single moment of that film and trying to encapsulate as much of that feeling as possible into the soul of the portrait!