NEW CUMBERLAND, WV –(November 4, 2020) - The hair you see in an original painting by West Virginia artist Mike Swartzmiller isn’t due to using cheap paint brushes. Since 2002, impressionist painter Swartzmiller signed all his painting with a very unique signature. He signs his paintings just with his last name; the uniqueness lies underneath the signature, as he adds small snippets of his hair.
With scientists closing in on breakthrough forensic methods of DNA identification through hair samples, the original Swartzmiller painting you purchase today contains the ultimate provenance and authenticity for the future, just look under the signature.
Swartzmiller’s “eBay Only Cardboard Art Campaign” has exploded with people collecting original Swartzmiller paintings on raw or advertising cardboard. The idea of using cardboard just came as an experiment; while waiting for some picture frames to dry, Mike took some old advertising cardboard and started painting. The original 36 pieces sold out immediately. The “eBay Only” campaign, to date, is in its 47th week selling 564 straight paintings at auction. Cardboard Art truly creates unique one-of –a-kind works of art, as the cardboard brings character that canvas doesn’t provide.
Cardboard Art’s uniqueness extends beyond the actual painted image; corrugation marks, creases and, of course, product advertising showing through the paint. A cat on a Chewy.com box and a tribute to Van Gogh painting on a Michaels’ craft store box epitomizes the unique, one-of-a-kind paintings that can be created. The best source of cardboard to create art is found at your local dollar store’s recycling racks, just ask!
Besides cardboard art, artist Swartzmiller creates work on traditional stretched canvas and ACEO trading cards. Take a look at some of Mike’s work, just go to eBay and type “swartzmiller” in the search box. Google or Facebook will give similar results by typing Swartzmiller, Swartzmiller Art or Swartzmiller DNA.
If you would like more information on this topic, please contact Mike Swartzmiller at  670-5563 or email: [email protected]
or visit: www.swartzmiller.com
932 Second Avenue
New Cumberland, WV 26047