Kentucky Tourism

Swinson, Ken

Washington, KY


paintings, prints, fine art prints

As the son of a music teacher and an Army officer, Ken Swinson lived in many places over the years, before moving to Kentucky in 2000.


In 1995, while living in Norfolk, Virginia, Ken began experimenting with linoleum prints as well as pottery – renting studio space, and gradually purchasing pottery equipment and working as a potter.


It was on a visit through Kentucky that Ken discovered a landscape and culture so compelling that he packed up his belongings and moved to Maysville. Initially living in the rural part of Bracken County, Ken began painting the inspiring landscapes that surrounded him. Ken states, “Kentucky’s landscape, culture and folk art traditions inspire my work and have become both my source and my subject.” Ken has no formal art training. He now lives in downtown Maysville and continues to occasionally make pottery.


Ken’s mixed-media works begin with a charcoal sketch to which he adds layers of ink washes, acrylic paint, colored pencil, and pastels. Ken’s work is a combination of his personal style - infused with ideas from Kentucky’s whimsical folk art traditions.


Ken’s creates his own Gicle?e prints on an Epson printer on archival paper with archival inks and acid free mattes. He also builds the frames for his works.

Works by Ken Swinson can be found at the Folk Art Shop, Augusta, KY; Fusion Gallery, Bellevue, KY; S. Bayley Boutique, Louisville, KY;  and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.