My Creative Process

 Cascade

Cascade

I HAVE BEEN MAKING ART IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER FOR MOST OF MY LIFE.

I feel fortunate to be able to experience the joy that comes from being creative.  After studying art for many years, learning about different techniques and a variety of media, I decided to forget the rules and experiment.  

Observing how children make art with no parameters, I was inspired to explore my creative process with such freedom spontaneity and joy.

Experimentation and a love of color, shape, and pattern are the focus of my process.

My prints and paintings evolve without preconception. When a piece begins to have it’s own life, a dialog between us emerges. 

I add marks or collage with color or pencil, and then react to the marks, colors, drips, and accidents, even working with my fingers, to move further into the piece. When all comes together, the piece is finally is finished. Making art, for me, is not about intent, but about the experience itself.

The work of Paul Klee, Romare Bearden, Cy Twombly, Hundertwasser and Charles McGee, have been my inspirations.

 

ABOUT CLAUDIA

Born in Detroit, she graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Design and majors in painting and ceramics.  She taught art in elementary school, and worked with polymer clay, making jewelry, before it became a popular material.  Her pins and earrings were the small canvases that foreshadowed her current abstract paintings. She spent several years making functional ceramics and exploring alternative methods in printmaking.

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017  56th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibtion, Midland Center for the Arts, Juror: Jason Franz
2017  Muskegon Museum of Art 89th Regional Exhibit, Juror: Ptra Fallaux
2017  Michigan Annual XLIV, Anton Art Center, Mt. Clemens, MI.  Juror: Mary Fortuna
2017  Hatchback 11, Hatchback Gallery, Hamtramck, MI.  Juror: Trina Ericson
2016  Current Student Works, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI Juror: Laurie Tennant
2016  Biennial Al l Media Exhibition, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI  Juror: Mary Ann Wilkinson
2016  Silver Medal Exhibition, Scarab Club, Detroit, MI,  Juror: Scott Northrup, Honorable Mention
2016  Michigan Annual XLIII, Anton Art Center, Mt. Clemens, MI, Juror: Gail DeMeyere,  Honorable Mention
2015  7th Annual All Media Show “West of Center 2015", Northville, MI
2015  32nd Annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI
2015  Bi-Annual All Media Exhibit, Detroit Artist’s Market, Detroit, MI
2015  Silver Medal Exhibition, Scarab Club, Detroit, MI
2015  Henry Ford Hopital “Artist’s Walk Gallery”, Detroit, MI
2015 Project Pop-up Window Art, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI
2014 – 2015: Northville Art House in Northville, MI

Full resume can be found here.