Mark Swain holds an MFA in painting from Northern Illinois University. Professor Swain has taught full time at Lewis University for 15 years and has been the department chairperson for the last 9 years. Swain’s interest in painting and drawing began to develop during his time as an undergraduate student here at Lewis. His style has developed into what is often referred to as social realism. Much of Swain’s interest in subject, form, and content is derived from his immediate surroundings often involving the mundane and otherwise unnoticed aspects of our visual world. He typically paints on canvas or panel in oil or acrylic. Most of Professor Swain’s paintings are accompanied by a similar preparatory drawing.