A portrait of a young Claire was sketched on the back of a Detroit Chinese restaurant menu, by my incredibly talented Aunt Cher. I remember watching her draw with pure awe; how was she able to do that? Draw so effortlessly, yet create something so exact? I was most impressed with how well my excitement had been translated onto the paper.
Though only the tender age of seven at the time, I already knew art was my passion. And Aunt Cher had just shown me where that passion could take me. Thus began my life long fascination with drawing and painting the portraits of those around me, of trying to capture their personalities, their emotions…who they are and not just how they appear.
Printmaking is such a process-based art. It’s necessary to take the right steps: to plan, to carve, to ink, to hand-pull or press the blocks onto your chosen surface. It’s incredibly meditative.
Having the ability to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces of art in a shorter span of time, in a nearly unlimited run, is pretty dang neat.
Being commissioned to make a piece of artwork for someone, based on a moment, a memory, or even a fantasy, is one of the most intimate and exciting means of creation.
I’ve been asked quite often over the past several years to illustrate occasions and loved ones. I credit my design background—consisting of client interaction and giving ideas visual representation—for my ability to create moving commissioned pieces.
I also thoroughly enjoy inking portraits of my favorite characters from pop culture. At first blush, the two avenues may seem disconnected…but aren’t we all characters in each others’ lives? Every time I illustrate a family or a couple or some beloved companion animals, I feel like I’m creating little characters of them. Portraying a special scene in the movies of their lives.
My sexy roommate (aka my manfriend) Gavin, is the founder of SyrupTree Board Co. He lovingly assembles, presses, and shapes each snow surfer at our shared workshop/studio space. A few years ago, he had the brilliant idea of letting me paint wild graphics on some of his boards.
These rideable pieces of art have become known as our “Art Boards” and have been shipped to and ridden at competitions and ski hills across the US and even in Sweden and Japan!
We’re currently planning on creating one-of-a-kind long boards for this upcoming summer.
I always feel so accomplished when I look at my list of past art exhibits. If you’re interested in showing any of my work or have questions about representation, please reach out; I’d love to chat with you!