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Art & Life with Claudia Verciani

Today we’d like to introduce you to Claudia Verciani.

Claudia, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I moved here alone from Brazil when I was 19 to study Graphic Design in San Francisco. After graduation, I married and ended up building a life here in US, eventually moving to San Diego.

After raising 2 boys and working in Graphic/web design for 22 years, I’ve decided to pursue my life-long dream of being a fine arts oil painter. For as long as I can remember, I drew or doodled.

As a toddler, I can recall the first time I could draw a 5 pointed star. I was so excited and showed it to everyone in my family, but unfortunately being a “full-time painter” is a risky choice in terms of a career path. My parents hoped that I would choose a more profitable career, and I picked commercial art instead. However inside of me the need to paint and create my own art never died. In fact, the older I got, the bigger was the desire to paint. I kept taking painting classes on the weekends, and drawing classes after my day job. In 2012, with my husband’s full support, I was finally able to drop everything else and jump wholeheartedly into oil-painting. I never looked back.

I love painting and being fully immersed in all forms of art. Life seems to be more colorful and vibrant (pun intended!) I feel that this is my calling in life. Early 2018, I started teaching oil painting, and this experience of passing on what I’ve learned so far has been amazingly positive for me. I often tell my students that teaching makes me a better painter and person. I look forward to continue to paint and to teach, until I cannot hold a brush any longer.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m inspired by the great Impressionist painters, such as Sorolla, Sargent, and William Wendt. I create pieces that embody traditional Impressionist influences combined with contemporary styles across a diverse range of subject matter. I use paint to describe the beauty of life. I find inspiration from the daily observation of the world around me.

My paintings often start before I even touch the brush. When I paint, I enter my own world of beauty, color, and creation. California offers a vibrant color palette to any painter; the desert, the beach and the mountains are all in very close proximity. I feel very fortunate to live in a place where I have such an amazing amount of beauty to paint.

What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
My role as an artist and my art has largely been unaffected by the ever-changing outside world. I try to offer beauty and inspiration through my work. An alternate colorful reality, where one can forget everyday problems and immerse your senses in art. What happens beyond my canvas will never affect my desire to create positivity, nor my intent to capture beauty in where ever I can find it.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I sell my art online through my own website and/or – Some of my paintings are going to be at San Diego County Fair this year until July 5th. Last year I’ve received first prize in the Landscape category, which was wonderful! In addition, I post all my current work on my public Instagram. Feel free to drop me a line!

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