Thursday, 14 April 2011


I came across Claire Basler's work about a year ago and I find myself revisiting them and marveling at the beauty of her images and the richness of these massive canvases. I would love to see them in real life and find them a constant source of inspiration. In an interview that I read she talked about how she had walked her own line and had decided to pursue her images and ideas whether they were fashionable or not, and the results of this are a timeless collection of paintings that capture nature and natural themes in her own unique and beautiful way.

I try to draw inspiration from her on many levels. Her skill is obvious and her exploration of composition and colour are exquisite, but I love her use of texture and the way she manages to achieve realism but still create movement and interest. I sometimes get frustrated with the more static nature of botanic art and I love to see the movement and life that is in her work, especially as she works on a huge .scale. The impact of these works must be amazing when you see them in reality.
One day I hope I will have the time and space to explore some of these ideas on such a large scale and on huge canvases and fill them with colour and movement, but until then I get to look at these beautiful works and feel inspired by them.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Painterly and yum! Love the movement too! I can see why she inspires you. Wouldn't it be lovely to work on such a large scale, and so freely, this is something I wish to do as well. Slowly working toward it, gone from 10 x10cm to 24x37 cm, i even have a 60 x 60 started. Thanks for sharing Trace.