Clare is a Central Pennsylvania Pastel artist. She has cultivated a passion for art through most of her life. It has only been over the last 12 years that she has studied under award-winning artists and perfected her skills in Pastels. She loves the vibrancy and intensity of chalk Pastels. They are made of pure pigment held together with a binder and produce intense color the few media can match. Her paintings evoke the pure joy of life and all that God has created. She takes her own photographs and those shared by friends and uses them as subject matter for her paintings. Flora and Fauna are among her favorite subject matter. Pet portraits are one of her specialties.
Clare resides in Mechanicsburg, PA. with her loving husband and both she and her husband are avid bird watchers and she loves to photograph and paint many of her backyard birds and critters. She also loves spending time with her 2 children and their families. She enjoys creating treasured works of art with her 6 grandchildren. She hopes you will be touched by her paintings as much as she has enjoyed creating them.
Below is a Q&A with Clare:
Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.
As long as I can remember, I had a passion for art. Drawing and painting in my younger years. But it has only been over the last 12 years that I have seriously pursued art as a career. I took classes and studied under award winning artists in several different mediums. When I took a few classes in Pastels I fell in love with them and I was hooked! Now they are my medium of choice.
How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?
Chalk Pastels are pure pigment and produce intense color that most other media can’t match. They lend themselves so well to painting wildlife, florals and landscapes. The colors are so vibrant and can be blended with your fingers or color shapers. Pastels are especially wonderful for painting fur or feathers getting very fine detail. I am an avid bird watcher and photograph and paint my backyard birds and well as many birds that we have seen on trips my husband and I have taken. Pet Portraits are one of my specialties. Layering many colors on sanded paper with rich undertones of fur brings the animal alive. I always start with the eyes for they are the window to the soul.
Do You Have a Favorite Piece in Your Portfolio?
Currently my favorite piece is “Oriole Splashdown”. This painting was created for a color themed member’s show for Carlisle Arts Learning Center (CALC) in 2017. Their color theme was Orange Crush. Because I lean towards birds I chose Baltimore Orioles eating oranges. It has a surreal twist as the orange sections are floating on a pool of splashing orange juice. This painting was juried into Art of The State Pennsylvania 2017. It sold the very next day after the show opened in the State Museum in June 2017. It remained in the exhibit until it closed in September 2017.
What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?
Take a few classes to get started. The Art Center in Mechanicsburg and CALC have excellent classes and teachers with years of experience that can guide you. Once I took a few classes I was hooked and have been painting exclusively with pastels ever since.
Awards & Honors
Pennsylvania Artist of the Year 2018. Explore TOSCA Magazine Spring/Summer 2018
Art of the State Pennsylvania 2017 painting “Oriole Splashdown” juried into exhibit
Plein Air Camp Hill Juried into Festival &Competition 2013, 2014, 2015.
Plein Air Camp Hill 2013 Purchase Award for “June’s Delight”
Keystone National Works on Paper juried into competition 2012, 2013, 2015
Clare Klaum’s Memberships
Carlisle Arts Learning Center & Gallery
Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society
Daily Painters of Pennsylvania
Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters
The Art Center School & Galleries
Whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever
Is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything
Is excellent or praiseworthy—think on these
Things.” Phil. 4-8 NIV