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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



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 - October 31st, 2016

42nd Annual Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show

42nd Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show will be held Saturday, August 20, 9am - 6pm and Sunday, August 21, 9am - 5pm, rain or shine. This is a juried art show featuring fine art and crafts from 260 artists from across the country. The art show is held in the wooded parks and streets in beautiful Mount Gretna, Lebanon County, PA. There will be entertainment, food, and street performers. Also FREE parking and shuttle service. Admission is $12, children under 12 are FREE. Stop by to see Fred in his booth, #65, located on Pennsylvania Ave.

August 20-21, 2016

SPECIAL EXHIBIT at ADAMS Vintners Craft Winery

Join Fred this Saturday, August 13, at ADAMS Vintners Craft Winery from 6-9. Fred will be exhibiting his "Musical Celebrities and their Music", canvas, giclee limited edition prints. And stick around to listen to an amazing music duo, Mockingbird, TILL MIDNIGHT. Weather permitting, music will be held outside. You can listen as you enjoy your beverage by their gas-fired fire pit. 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.

Saturday, August 13, 2016 Artist Reception 6pm -

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