I was born in Monmouth New Jersey, 1990. I attended SVA undergrad in 2008 and went on to obtain my Master's Degree in 2012 under the program "Illustration as a Visual Essay." I worked as painting assistant for Jeff Koons for 4 years, and now I am currently working out of my studio in South Street Seaport Manhattan.
I grew up as an only child in an isolated house between the woods and the ocean. With both parents as working illustrators, I was encouraged to rely on my imagination, nature, and the companionship of our many pets which included rats, frogs, along with the typical cat and dog. My childhood pets and our fairytale house play a big role in the characters and narratives I create in my paintings. My influencers have been Thomas Woodruff, Mark Ryden, Walton Ford, and Caspar David Friedrich. However my biggest influences have come from the poetically doomed characters in literature and film. I am seduced by the tragically beautiful, like in Oscar Wild’s Portrait of Dorian Gray. I believe that, “Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic".
Past exhibitions and awards include the International Exhibition of Contemporary Works on Paper at the NYCoo Gallery, 2011. In January 2014, the painting “Chocolate Boy” was accepted into Monmouth County’s National Juried Exhibition. In 2015, three paintings were shown in a group exhibition at the Guild of Creative Art in New Jersey. "Something Ancient" was published in the October issue of Playboy Magazine 2014. "Anna" was published in the first edition of Steadfast Magazine 2015. Several paintings were published in Outofstepbooks’ s Enchanted and Slithers and Scales issue. "Our Tracks will be Concealed" was published as the announcement for Monmouth County Museum's 2016 Winter Wonderland exhibition, and "Veda Darling" was exhibited in the Museum's National Juried Exhibition. I exhibited "The Cat Clock" and "Changeling" at The Raven Gallery and Boutique's Winter Blues Exhibition 2016 in Jersey City, and "Le Renard" and "Melancholia" at Nevermore Exhibition 2017. In the fall of 2017, Monmouth College's Rotary Ice House Gallery held a solo exhibition for Claudia and her mother’s oil paintings as retrospective. January 2018 “Gypsies” was shown in the Monmouth Museum’s Annual National Juried Exhibition. “Make Haste but Slowly" was shown at Creatura House Gallery (now Roc La Rue) July 2018 for Aquamarine Exhibition. Delilah’s Delight” Sold at Holiday Mini Art Exhibit at Ghost Gallery Dec 13th-Feb10th 2019. “The Pumpkin Thief” exhibited at After Dark at Gristle Gallery January 19th-March 9th 2019. “Our Track Will be Concealed” exhibited at Music Box IV at Haven Gallery January 2019 ; “Show me your Teeth currently on view Haven Gallery. “Sweet Thing” exhibited at Gristle Tattoo Cult of Meow III September-December 2019.
Upcoming shows include: “Petopia” at the Monmouth Museum 11/26-01/05. “Shakespearean 01/18-02/16 at the Haven Gallery.
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