Fine arts painter Harry Swanson, 89, passed away on Nov. 25 in Fairview, where he had lived in retirement with his wife, Marion.
Mr. Swanson, born and educated in Hartford, Connecticut, excelled in basketball, baseball and art design, studying at the Hartford Art School and then further developing his illustration skills at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Electronic Laboratory, the Purnell Company and Itek Corporation.
During his years at Itek, Harry illustrated National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) camera systems, including those used on the Viking spacecraft to send the first pictures to Earth from the surface of Mars.
In 1967, he opened the H Swanson Studio and Gallery, in Newbury, Massachusetts, and relocated to Lincolnville, Maine in 1989. As a gallery owner for more than 40 years, Harry used watercolor, oils and acrylics to create fine arts paintings of nature and space. He also designed book covers, advertisements and marketing materials, and architectural renderings. He has received regional and national recognition for his art, and his paintings are in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and internationally.
Harry is survived by his wife, Marion; children Alan Swanson and Anne Kardenetz five grandchildren; one great-grandson; nephews; and a niece.
A private memorial service is planned.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water Street, Newburyport, MA 01950, 978-465-8769, www.newburyportart.org, or the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601, 800-272-3900, www.alz.org.