Ray Swanson - Gathering at Agathla

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Ray Swanson - Gathering at Agathla
Gathering at Agathla
Artist: Swanson, Ray
Date of Birth: 1937-2004
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 44 x 68 inches
Signed: Signed lower right/CA
Verso: Frame/Base: 58 x 82 x 4 inches
Write Up: Ray Swanson was born in rural South Dakota and educated in a one-room schoolhouse. After his father passed away, the family moved to California where Swanson studied drafting and aeronautical engineering and became a civil engineer. When he inherited a box of paints from his grandfather, Swanson began to paint farm subjects as a hobby. But the budding artist fell for the Native Americans of Arizona: the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, and Apache, and saw that their way of life would make an excellent subject for a professional painter.