I am a native of Baton Rouge and my art is heavily influenced by the diversity of the marshy landscapes and river industry so prevalent in South Louisiana. My abstracts evolve from a deep imagination and exploration of color, form, and medium, mixing the three until my pieces are pleasing and balanced. I use the power of a strong focal point and varied value to draw the eye in and around the canvas. I explore with new color palettes from bright to soft, bold to light. Translucent washes and layers are often incorporated to achieve an ethereal feel in my work. I also use collage as a textural element, and often include child like mark making in my pieces to give an organic feel. I approach the canvas with a sense of wonderment and play.
Artist + claire gowdy
Describe your art in three words.
Playful, organic, and loose.
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in your community? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
1. I love my work being displayed in spaces in my city, my mark is sprinkled throughtout.
2. The lush growths and foggy mornings are an ever present influence .
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
I approach the canvas with a sense of play. I love not knowing the outcome. I usually pick a color palette first.
Where do you draw inspiration?
Marshy landscapes and river industry of the area.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
I am influenced by the brush strokes of Van Gosh and the ethereal feel of Monet. I am heavily influenced by the mark making of Joan Mitchell and Cy Twombly.
Art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
I love any type of music that makes me want to dance.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
Playing with my dogs or cooking dinner. Or maybe at an art event.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
Afternoon, Wednesday, October
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I used to play recreational league tennis
Works listed online may be available to be viewed at Where y’Art Works Gallery by appointment.
The Foyer in Baton Rouge, LA. Furnish Nola in Metairie, LA. Hillyer House in Ocean Springs, Miss.
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