Tammy Swarek, Conceptual Artist

Tammy Swarek is a multidisciplinary artist focusing on photography, painting, and sculpture who lives in El Dorado, Arkansas.  Her work is deeply emotional, and is often is inspired by her own life experiences, as well as those of her son with autism, and her mother with Alzheimer’s.  Swarek is most known for her work featuring adoptable dogs from her local animal shelter.  Her series “Shelter Pets Project” became an international hit in 2016 and was published across the globe. The following year Swarek was a top ten finalist in the annual Smithsonian photography competition.  


A lifelong lover of photography, it wasn’t until 2010 when she lost her home in a mile-wide tornado, that she pursued her art fully.  Her work has been featured by Vanity Fair Italia, Vogue Italia, LensCulture, Lenscratch, The Guardian, DailyMail, Good Morning America, ABC News, Yahoo News, Pop Sugar Celebrity, 516 Arts, Smithsonian, and more.  You will also find Swarek’s work on many book covers.  

Tammy is represented by Arcangel Images, Art+Commerce, Fine Art America and 1x Gallery

As an artist, photography is my medium of choice. There’s a little bit of me in all of my work, including my portraits of people and animals. I find that when I am behind a camera, I am able to connect with the brokenness of us all.


I believe that everyone carries a sadness peculiar to themselves, that everyone is “broken”. We don’t see each other’s brokenness, because most of us have managed to put ourselves back together – with super glue or with tape and spit and a prayer. How well we’ve put ourselves back together doesn’t really matter; what matters is that we all are cracked, and we all carry pain.



2019 The Portrait Masters Certification 

2017 Leica - Reflections Contest Winner

2017 Leica - Award of Excellence 

2017 Smithsonian - Award Finalist

2017 and 2018 The Portrait Masters - Multiple Silver and Bronze Awards

2016 Vogue Italia - Best Of PhotoVogue for series “Forgotten” and “The Artist”

2016 ViewBug - Maternity Photo Contest Winner

2014 Photopaths - Grand Champion 

2015, 2016, 2017 National Geographic YourShot Editors Choice

2018 Arkansas Life “Best of” award



Pro Photographers Magazine

Vogue Italia / PhotoVogue

Vanity Fair Italia

Good Morning America

ABC News

Yahoo and AOL news

Arkansas Life Magazine

Dogster Magazine

PopSugar Celebrity

The Guardian

DailyMail UK

Refinery 29

Inside Edition

US Weekly

Paris Match

ET Today

MSN News

Cosmopolitan Brazil


My Modern Met

Avax News

Blaze Press

The Girls Magazine 

Many others around the world 

Contact Me:

Eldorado, Arkansas