5 Questions: Loretta Swit

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5 Questions is a series by Steve Duffy –

“Switheart” chronicles the artwork of TV Icon Loretta Swit, a true champion of the animal kingdom. Watercolorist, award-winning animal activist, and actress, Ms. Swit is renowned for her starring role on TV’s most honored series, M*A*S*H, for which she won two EMMY’s and worldwide acclaim. 

SD: Do you have any formal training in painting?

LS: No training at all. It has just been something that I have been doing since I was 6 years old. I never took it seriously. It was always just a pleasure to paint. I finally took it serious after seeing what I had to offer when a friend had commented on a painting I had done. After her comment, I decided to make it my gift. 

SD: Why did you choose watercolor?

LS: I really didn’t know that I had a choice to choose anything else. There are so many easier mediums that I could have chosen, but I just have always loved the beauty that watercolors can create.

SD: The proceeds from “Switheart” will help a number of charities dedicated to ending animal suffering and cruelty. Where did your love for animals come from?

LS: I really have no idea. It has always been a part of me. For some, they grow on you over time but it has always been a part of me. I can remember my mom and dad telling me that when I was little, they just thought I would explode every time I saw an animal. An animal just has a way of melting your heart.

SD: Why do you think the audience loved Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan so much?

LS: We were lucky that everyone loved M*A*S*H. The show was never cartoonish and the views could really relate to our situation. I think they loved her so much because she was the only female. I didn’t have to compete with anyone else [she laughs]. I still get fan mail that is amazing and overwhelming. I am still so touched how the show stills affects others. 

SD: Are there any of today’s TV show that you enjoy watching?

LS: I absolutely love “Law & Order: SVU.”  Mariska Hargitay is remarkable! To watch a women so bold and beautiful and in charge is really a great thing.  They always have great scripts and direction and an amazing cast.


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