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My goal is to portray, through my paintings, a visual image of the music that we hear and feel through our hearts and minds.

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Fred Painting
Fred Painting
Fred Painting
Fred Painting
Fred Painting
Fred Painting



SPECIAL EXHIBIT at Trattoria Frateli Italian Restaurant

As we enter the Autumn season, Trattoria Fratelli introduces their new Autumn menu. And with that new menu, a new artist is chosen to line the walls of their beautiful Italian Restaurant with artwork. Fred recent series, "Musical Celebrities and Their Music", will be on display now until December 15,2016. Trattoria Fratelli is located at 502 E Lehman St, Lebanon, PA Closed Sundays and Mondays

September 5th through December 15th, 2016

SOLO EXHIBIT at Gamut Classic Theatre

Fred will be showcasing a selection of his pieces at Gamut Classic Theatre, located at 15 N Fourth St, Harrisburg, PA 17101.

May 2nd - December 31st, 2016

SPECIAL EXHIBIT at ADAMS Vintners Craft Winery

Fred will be exhibiting his "Musical Celebrities and their Music", canvas, giclee limited edition prints. ADAMS Vintners now are serving Local Craft Beers and Spirits, along with their Famous Wines and Small Plate Food Pairings..... Adams Vintners Craft Winery is located at 30 E Main Street in Annville, PA.

August 13 through November 30, 2016


The Lebanon Valley Art Studio Tour is a FREE self-guided tour taking you to the studios of 14 artists and craftspeople. The two-day driving tour takes you into Hershey, Hummelstown, Manheim, Schaefferstown, Cornwall and Mount Gretna, which is where Fred's studio is located. This Studio Tour is a great way to meet the artists, see where they work, watch as some of them demonstrate their craft and learn about their creative process. You'll also be able to purchase their fine art and fine crafts that they have on display. Fred is one of 6 artists in Mount Gretna participating in this year's tour. Please stop by Fred's studio at 301 Bell Avenue. Check out the website for more information. www.lvartstour.com

Saturday, November 5 - 10-5 Sunday, November 6 -

Fred Swarr


Fred Swarr, a resident of Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania has been an active painter since 1969. He has produced artwork of many different types, primarily in acrylic paint on a variety of surfaces, with a masterful use of colors, rich textures and unique subject matter.

His method of staining, overpainting, collage and painted textures has evolved into his present style of painting to produce "Live" and studio versions of his celebrity subjects.

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Celebrities & Paintings | Happy Customers | More Happy Customers

Fred with Celebrities
Fred with Celebrities
Fred with Celebrities
Fred with Customers
Fred with Customers
Fred with Customers
Fred with Customers
Fred with Customers
Fred with Customers
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"Fred's work never ceases to amaze. I purchased an art print of my favorite musician, Bob Dylan, at the Mt. Gretna Art Show and it brings me joy each time I see it!"     -Steve, PA


not for purchase

All of the paintings on this page were inspired by multiple photos of the celebrity and listening to the song that was used in the form of sheet music in the background. All paintings were done with Chroma Atelier's Interactive Professional Artist's Acrylic Paints.


Contact me to do a painting of your favorite celebrity or to purchase any of the paintings that you see on this website.


301 Bell Ave
PO Box 551
Mount Gretna, PA 17064

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Fred at his Mt. Gretna, PA studio



The subject matter of my artwork has changed through the years along with my feelings for significant incidents that occurred in my life. My inherent interest in music and musical instruments was triggered by a broken guitar I found while driving along a back road a few years ago. After throwing it in the back of my car and living with it in my studio for a while, I reconnected with the importance of music and the affect it has on our daily lives.

I played drums and other percussion instruments since I was ten years old and have always had music playing in the background while I was creating art.

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Realizing how different styles of music influenced my artwork has helped me make the decision to use it as the subject for my paintings.

I've found that with certain visual art elements and images of musical instruments heard in a song I can create the feeling of a particular style of music or individual song onto a canvas with paint.




   • York College of Pennsylvania
   • Millersville University, Millersville, PA
   • Degree- Bachelor of Science in Art Education


   • Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA
   • Penn State University
   • Temple University, Tyler School of Art, PA
   • Institute for Personal Effectiveness, PA
   • Degree- Masters in Art Education


   • Creative Design Director
   • Packaging Designer
   • Graphic Coordinator
   • Screen Printing Manager
   • Silk-Screener
   • Art Instructor
       Elementary School
       High School
       Adult Workshops
   • Freelance Artist

Select Clients

   • Multiple Sclerosis Association
   • March of Dimes
   • Schreiber Pediatric Group
   • American Red Cross
   • Oasis Youth Center
   • Serenity House
   • Red Rose Lioness Club
   • Family Service Organization
   • Mount Gretna Historical Society
   • Bridge of Hope
   • WITF Public Television

Permanent Collections

   • York College of PA
   • Millersville University
   • Kutztown University
   • Shippensburg University
   • Indiantown Gap Military Reservation
   • Salem United Methodist Church
   • Zion Lutheran Church
   • Oasis Youth Center
   • Mount Gretna United Methodist Church
   • Private Individuals