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GASPARILLA MAGAZINE NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2016 36 She had the book copyrighted and chose a publisher in Tampa to print it. The book was completed in August, 2016. One of the other reasons Swayze decided to do the coloring book is because she’s currently the chair of a large art organization called the National Association of Independent Artists. She travels and speaks at conferences all around the country, and one artist said something that struck a chord with her. “There is one particular speaker at the conventions who repeatedly talks about what is trending in art, and the trend right now is that fewer people are buying it. People used to start collections by purchasing a small piece, then growing it from there. Fewer and fewer people in the 30-to40-year-old age group are doing that these days. More people want “I started painting when I was 8 years old, and I did my first art show when I was 14 ... ” - Carroll Swayze to create their own pieces. I am seeing that more and more at my painting parties,” she said. Swayze said when she shared the idea of doing the coloring book on Facebook, she was overwhelmed with the amount of support from followers. “It was much bigger than I expected. I had pre-orders for hundreds of books before I had finished,” she said. Swayze was born in Canada and came to the United States when she was 17. Her mother was a writer who once owned the Hermitage house, now an artist retreat located near Blind Pass Beach in Englewood. Swayze recalls being surrounded by musicians, actors, writers and artists from the earliest days of her life.


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