I'm so excited to share the work of Clare Elsaesser with you! I recently saw one of her paintings on pinterest and just loved it. When I went to pin it I realized I had already bookmarked her as a favorite. A sign! I needed one. Her art feels abstract to me, but also whimsical, which I love.
For the next 2 weeks three of Clare's exclusive prints will be available in my shop. I feel honored to feature her as my first artist in the store, and know you will love her!
I had the chance to ask Clare a bit more about her life and inspirations and here's what she had to say...
How and when did you begin painting?
I began painting, and studying painting in high school though I never really enjoyed it back then (I think mostly because I was so messy, and always wound up coated in paint at the end of the day). I have only been painting consistently (almost daily) and appreciating the process, for three or four years.
Your art is so unique, and so you. I love feeling like I could pick out one of your pieces in a group. What is the inspiration behind your art?
Thanks so much Chelsea, though lately I have had the feeling I am one of many doing the same thing! I am inspired by tons of things; nature, fashion, old photos, stories and daydreams, perusing Pinterest, people, quiet and solitude, and of course Kai, my husband and his artwork.
Do you have a favorite piece, and/ or are any of your pieces made for specific people?
Ring of Roses is the one painting I keep going back to when I make new work, but usually once I am finished with a painting I am ready to move on to the next one. Aside from commissions, sometimes I make paintings just for fun for specific people. I made a flower painting for my penpal friend Ines last year, and occasionally I paint with a person in mind; often an artist who inspires me, sometimes someone I have known, and once in a while just an imaginary character.
I know that your husband, Kai, is also an artist (whose work I love), do you share ideas and inspiration with each other?
Oh yes, definitely! Kai and I spend so much of our time talking about painting and inspiration...probably too much time, since we live in kind of an isolated place and don't get out much :)
Doesn't her life, tucked away in a little California studio with her husband, sound so dreamy? Thank you so much Clare!
This is the print I chose for my home, and I can't wait to get it framed and hung in our new home.