some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a
meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.” - Viktor E. Frankl
am fascinated with the contradiction between our human craving for
meaning and the apparent randomness of the natural universe. We
struggle to find purpose in all the joy and suffering we experience.
My work explores this need and the many ways we seek, find, or create
meaning for ourselves.
images often begin with a mood—some
complex emotion at the edge of my awareness. Sometimes I just start
painting without any plan, and a composition emerges. Other times I
begin with my camera and develop my idea from a photograph. I usually
paint in many layers, adding and partially removing them in a
deliberately time-consuming process that allows me to let an idea
evolve. This layering process results in random lines and textures
that give a sense of depth and an illusion of history to the final
to American parents in the rainforest region of Peru, Jonathan Swift
was raised in a small religious community that worked with native
South American tribal groups. Caught at the chaotic center of
multiple cultural rivers, he grew a simultaneous sense of love for,
and alienation from, each of these competing streams. This tension
drives a creative aesthetic that embraces chaos while searching for
the hidden, ordered layers beneath it.
has studied music, musical instrument making, digital art, and
graphic design. In recent years, he's returned to his early love of
painting and drawing, focusing on traditional fine art media
including ink on panel, oil painting and graphite drawing.