The Nemacolin Gallery, located in the Chateau Lafayette, displays some of the finest regional, national and international artwork. Every year, select creators are invited to showcase their work, with exciting exhibitions changing quarterly. Featured artist Claire Hardy's show, Quiet Daring, will be on display through January 6, 2017 in the Nemacolin Gallery. For more information or to purchase art from the gallery, please contact Melanie Werner, Art Curator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
All the while growing up in California, Claire Hardy loved drawing. An art teacher recognized her talent and taught her shading and how to create the illusion of form. Hardy began drawing realistically and has since continued with realism as her signature style. While earning her business degree at the University of New Mexico, she continued taking art classes. Post-graduation, Hardy sought classical art instruction. This training brought her to study at the Art Institute of Florence, Italy. It was there, while in total immersion, that she threw herself into oil painting.
For Claire, painting goes beyond making a likeness of the subject. It is also about recording the sense of the place, the feel of the atmosphere and the emotion the scene evokes. What's more, the subject may only be a starting point in the process of seeking how to manipulate paint to create a convincing illusion of atmosphere and light.
She works directly on the canvas sculpting the paint to uncover the rightness of a composition and a harmony of colors. She is captivated by expressive color, descriptive brushwork, and soft edges.
Claire is drawn to bright colors and often uses them right out of the tube, mixing them on the canvas as she shapes the forms. She keeps the paint fresh by painting wet-into-wet, sculpting her way from transparent dark colors to opaque lights. After laying in shapes of color, she uses softer brushes to smooth edges or refine them. Brushstrokes are her means to describe shape, texture, and the illusion of light. After traveling Europe and all around the Mediterranean studying art and history, she attended the Art Institute of Florence, Italy, to learn classical oil painting techniques.
While visiting Nemacolin over the years, its wide open vistas, rolling hills and blue skies have captivated Claire, inspiring this painting collection.