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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!


Contact directly for commission work at, or message @rusty_paints on Instagram

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