Ariana "Rusty" Swann
Hi! I'm Ariana. I was born in Caracas, Venezuela, the daughter of an Italian immigrant dad, and Venezuelan-American mom. We immigrated to the United States following the 1992 coup which saw Hugo Chavez rise to power.
I grew up in Michigan, and went to the University of
Michigan to study Statistics. After college, I got a job at a non-profit Organ Bank. In between phone calls I would doodle.
For reasons I'm not sure I understand, I got a wild hair to hike the Appalachian Trail. I walked 2,200 miles, fell in love with my now husband, wandered the country for about two years, and decided to pursue art as a career.
In Fall 2023, I will start a Masters in Fine Art at Kansas State University!