In the beginning...

Greg Swearingen grew up throughout the midwest in Illinois and Pennsylvania. He has been drawing for as long as he can remember. His initiation into the illustration business came quite early when in junior high he was commissioned by a fellow classmate to draw a dragon for one dollar. His interest in art grew throughout high school and he majored in illustration at Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio in 1994. The faculty at CCAD, especially Chris Payne and Joe Kovach, played a major role in his artistic development. Greg completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 1998 and received the Norman Rockwell of Stockbridge Award from the Society of Illustrators.

In the business...

After graduating, Greg worked at American Greetings in Cleveland, Ohio for a short time and then jumped into the free-lance market. His first free-lance illustration was juried into the Society of Illustrators 42nd Annual Exhibition in New York City and his artwork has continued to gain recognition in shows and annuals
ever since.

In 2005 Greg was honored with the silver medal from Spectrum for his piece "Deep Wizardry." And in 2007, he received a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators for his illustration of "Cyrano de Bergerac." In 2014 the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles awarded him a gold medal for his cover illustration of "Quinny & Hopper." Greg has been a guest lecturer at several universities as well as a member of various
exhibition juries.

In the studio...

Greg developed his illustrative style through drawing and experimenting with different types of media. He currently uses a mixed media technique combining acrylics, watercolor, and colored pencils.

When not creating art, his greatest interests are music, reading, traveling, and hiking. He resides in California with his wife.