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Art & Life with Clare Carrellas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Clare Carrellas.

Clare, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
New England, right along the Connecticut River which splits the state in half, is where I was born and raised. I grew up always surrounded by beautiful forests, nautical culture, and all seasons. In my early education, I became un-schooled allowing myself time to focus primarily on art, and in doing so, took classes in drawing, painting and pottery until finally settling on digital arts.

By the time I’d turned sixteen, I began studying for my Associate’s Degree in Multimedia, concentrating on design and animation, during which time I was able to develop my skills & find myself as an artist in both traditional art forms and digital.

Once I’d completed my studies and received my Associate’s, I went onto Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida, where I majored in Motion Design. During my time there I was able to attend many presentations in which I was able to learn from visiting artists within the industry, as well as develop my skills in concept development. My senior thesis “Green Animals”, is an animation short based off of the life of topiary gardener George Mendonça. The piece is a visual retelling of when George met his wife Mary for the first time, only with a fictional twist. The concept behind the short was to capture the essence of the real garden & its former residents. Techniques such as 2D & 3D animation were used to give it a unique storybook look.

After graduation, I moved over to the West Coast to begin my professional career, which is where I’ve been living for the past five years. I’m very passionate about my work and enjoy finding inspiration in the unexpected.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Currently, I am a Freelance Motion Designer + Illustrator. My creative focus professionally and personally is digital illustration / character design along with 2D animation. I concept, design and illustrate my pieces, and then bring them to life with motion. My style is whimsical, often inspired by my love for nature, and I also enjoy creating fan art. I find inspiration in my everyday life, but I love finding it most of all when I’m traveling. My goal is to create pieces and characters that make people smile, each having special details in them that were placed with love and care.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I actually think it’s become easier in recent years with the internet being an incredible resource for artists. I have communities of people to talk to in and outside of my industry to talk without even leaving my home. I think Los Angeles should continue having various art events and engaging social communities as much as possible so artists have support in their daily lives.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I have a Society6 Shop: www.society6.com/clarecarrellas

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All work designed solely by me

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