Kathy Swift



Kathy works primarily in water-based mediums with a focus on exploring various aspects of colour and shape.  Working with a limited palette allows Kathy to explore deeply the language of shape. Having been involved in organizing and participating in numerous workshops with various Canadian and American Artists during this time, Kathy has developed her own unique language from her experiences. 


Primarily self-taught, Kathy studied Fine Arts at Langara College in Vancouver, with a focus on Printmaking and Sculpture – expanding her studies of shape into 3 dimensions.  Working in a series has allowed Kathy to stay focused on her subject as it moved through various explorations.  Kathy is presently working on a series of “woman” paintings that explore the deeper aspects of her own life.  Another series explores the shapes within a living community, from representational, to abstraction. A Tree Series explores the language of the shapes in the community of trees.  


Her love of painting and art making have led her into teaching assignments throughout the Lower Mainland. She ran her own teaching business for many years, focusing on sharing her intense love of creativity and its importance in life.


Kathy was a director with the South Delta Artists' Guild, with roles as president and vice president and other various roles since 1988.


Becoming an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists in 1991, Kathy has exhibited in numerous juried shows in their gallery, taking on the position of Secretary in 1993, and continuing to sit on the Board as a Member at Large until 1996. Kathy sat as the Executive Assistant on the very successful "AIM FOR ARTS International Exhibition" committee. Her journey continued with her position working for International Artist Magazine, as the Editorial Assistant to the International Editor, the UK Editor and the Canadian Editor.


Working from her studio in Tsawwassen, British Columbia, Kathy has exhibited in numerous private and group shows in the Lower Mainland since 1988.  Her work is included in private collections across Canada, the United States, and abroad.