Jim Swallow Photographic Artist’s Bio

Jim's Bio

Jim has been a photographic artist who has captured images of the landscape and the people that surround his world since 1972. He is married to Digital Artist and Florida Professional Photographers Artist of the year Cheryl Anne Day .
Jim and Cheryl created a photography society in the Bay area called the Photographic Art Society to encourage other photographers in their quest for artistic excellence. They meet monthly to share creative images and learn new Artistic techniques. It has been their goal to help others enrich their experience in photography through education and inspiration.

After receiving a degree in photography from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 1982 he joined Wilco Studio in Hollywood Florida and helped make Wilco Studios one of the top studios in South Florida. He then moved to Saint Petersburg in 2002 and became part of the Packinghouse Gallery and Photography Studio. The Gallery was one of only a few Photographic Art Galleries in the state.

Professional Work Experience

1982 - 2002            Wilco Studios  — Photographic Studio and Gallery2002 - Present       The Packinghouse Gallery and Photography Studio Inc
Gallery Manager/ Owner  (currently by appointment only)

Photographic Community Involvement

2006                         The Photographic Art Society Inc.

Created the non profit society in order to inspire, challenge and educate the members in the art of photography.
Curate members photographic images in area galleries with rotating themes

Organize annual event called Photography Day Tampa Bay that is attended by over 175 photographers each year.
We bring together local educators and nationally known artists to give students the opportunity to learn
all the latest techniques.

1996 - 2014                Palm Beach Photographic Centre –FotoFusion Photography Festival volunteer.


Florida Artists Group — Professional Photographers of America
Suntan Art Center — Florida Craftsmen Gallery
National Association of Photoshop Professionals



1982                         Graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale; A.S. Degree in Photography

1997                        PPA Certified Professional Photographer Degree from the Professional Photographers of America Association.