I have a passion for painting from life. My style focuses on light and what it does to color and form. I'm inspired to capture the ethereal quality of light on land, architecture, and everyday objects. As a plein air painter, I love the challenge of being outside to create vibrant, spontaneous works. Early morning and late afternoon are my favorite times to paint because the colors and shadows are more intense.
My paintings evolve from feeling connected to a place. As a regional Rhode Island painter I'm lucky to be surrounded by so much natural beauty and subject matter is always close to home. Having lived on the Potowomut Peninsula, was rich in history, timeless visual splendor and sweeping views of Narragansett Bay. Block Island is another favorite muse with it's unique island light, Victorian buildings, and stunning views. I’m now located in the Pawtuxet River Valley in West Warwick, home to many original renovated textile mills and quaint villages. I believe there are images in nature that have a universal appeal, and through my works I wish to share that vision.
I attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art, with a degree in Industrial Design. I worked at Fisher Price as a toy designer, then ran my own design studio. Blue Sky was created as a design studio that invents toys and products for children. After 35 years as a toy designer, I'm enjoying a second career as a visual artist and art teacher.
CLAIRE MARI STUDIO is where I create, exhibit, and teach drawing and painting. Art is your own unique self expression, and I show my students many ways to achieve it. Click on the teaching page, where you can see student work and schedules.
My new studio is located in the historic Royal Mills at 185 Providence Street Unit A430 West Warwick, RI 02893 401.225.4963
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SELECT SHOWS AND AWARDS:
Spring Street Gallery guest artist show, Block Island, RI: 2016
West Bay Open Studio member, North Kingstown, RI: 2009 - 2015
Spring Bull Gallery, "Fakes and Forgeries Show", Newport, RI: 2012 "Most Authentic Award"
Jessie Edwards Gallery, Block Island, RI: 2007 - 2011
Atrium Gallery, "RISCA Scenes of Rhode Island Juried Show" Providence, RI: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Mixed Media Gallery, Block Island, RI: 2000-2006
Newport Art Museum, "Annual Juried Exhibition" , Newport, RI: 2005, 2006
Wickford Art Association, "Luscious - An Adventure in Color", Wickford, RI: 2006
Wickford Art Association, "Members Spring Show", Wickford, RI: 2005 "First Place
GALLERIES AND STORES:
Warwick Center for the Arts • Warwick RI
Eclectic Bungalow • Wickford, RI
Lazy Fish • Block Island, RI
Island Bound Bookstore • Block Island, RI
Spring Street Gallery • Block Island, RI