Ray Swanson

Artist Bio

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. 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.

Artwork to be Showcased

Old Navajo

Lot 1

Old Navajo

Charcoal
28 x 15 inches
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Sold For: $ 4,095
Navajo Country

Lot 90

Navajo Country

Oil on board
24 x 18 inches
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Sold For: $ 8,190
Winter Work

Lot 91

Winter Work

Oil on board
24 x 36 inches
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Sold For: $ 9,945
Yakima Baby

Lot 92

Yakima Baby

Oil on board
10 x 8 inches
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Sold For: $ 6,435
Takin’ No Shortcuts

Lot 132

Takin' No Shortcuts

Oil on board
30 x 36 inches
Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000
Sold For: $ 19,890
The Team at Granada

Lot 134

The Team at Granada

Oil on board
36 x 48 inches
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Sold For: $ 35,100