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Anne Kerry Swank’s artworks now in the Vatican 

By MAGGI HENRIKSON

Laguna Beach artist, Anne Kerry Swank’s limited edition watercolor photographs, part of her “The Angel Project” series, have found a home in Rome.  

She states that her works “present angelic compositions imbued with the highest virtues of grace and nobility as an inspiration to us all.” The images were gifted to His Holiness Pope Francis by Kerry Swank through the guidance of Dr. Donald L. Jolly Gabriel and are now hung at the Vatican. 

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Watercolor photograph entitled “Serenity”

The first limited edition watercolor that was received and selected for display is "Serenity”. It measures 30x40 inches. The image is a vision depicting an angel that represents the Holy Spirit and God’s peace within. The second limited edition watercolor is “Divine Presence”. It measures 35x35 inches and depicts an angel representing the Holy Trinity.

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“Divine Presence”

Watercolor photography is a multiple-step process. Kerry shoots the images in black and white, develops the prints and then paints over the image in watercolors to provide the colors. 

Both images were photographed at the Royal Horse Stables, Christiansborg Castle in Copenhagen, Denmark, and hand colored by the artist. 

“These images radiate love, hope and joy. God is only a prayer away,” the artist said. “Ask in faith. The messengers are sent by God to guide and help us in all ways.”

Anne Kerry Swank was born in Copenhagen. She learned about light and photography from her father. Moving to California in 1979, Ms. Swank enrolled in photography courses at Orange Coast College. There, influenced by mentor Rick Steadry, she developed her talent into a profession, beginning her career in architectural photography. 

Seeking to concentrate on more figurative work, she became a successful portrait artist, drawing a large following for her classic style, capturing the nuances of light and shadow. 

“The Angel Project” is Ms. Swank’s latest and most extensive endeavor.