Artist Claudia Brookes

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I am known for my loose and colorful, "painterly" watercolors and oils. I am often asked which I prefer, watercolors or oils. I usually answer, "both, for different reasons." I consider watercolor my "native language," and I teach it, but there are subjects that cry out to be painted in oils, especially en plein air. I love the qualities of the paint itself, and enjoy leaving my mark with confident, visible brushstrokes. My preferred technique, whether watercolor or oil, is wet-on-wet, and in an alla prima, or "all-at-one-go" style. This does not mean, however, that I will not spend a 40-hour week on an action equestrian drawing to get each and every racing  horse's hoof so that it "reads" correctly.


For Claudia L. Brookes, art emerged as a second career after many years in the medical publishing business. Although she cannot remember a time when she could not draw and paint with some competence, and always had exposure to art materials and museums thanks to her amateur artist father, she waited until later in life to develop a career as a fine artist. She has pursued a path she calls "selective education," carefully targeting the classes, instructors, and workshops that would yield the most benefit to her development as an artist. Her primary infuences include the Cape Ann (MA), New Hope (PA), and the California plein air panters of the early 20th Century. 
Claudia Brookes has held Signature Membership in the Baltimore Watercolor Society since 2002 and was elected in 2010 to Artist Member status in the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association  (MAPAPA). The artist's growing  interest in plein air painting has led to selection as a juried competitor in more than 25 juried competing, including the prestigious Plein Air Easton (Easton, MD) in 2009 and 2008, Wayne Arts Center Plein Air Festival  in 2009 and 2015 (Wayne, PA), Mountain Maryland Plein Air 2009, 2010-2012, and 2015 (Cumberland, MD), and  Paint Annapolis  (Annapolis, MD) in 2007-2012.  Most recently, she has extended her plein air competition events to the West, participating in Plein Air Rockies in Estes Park, CO in 2014 and 2015. Her painting, "The Perfect Light," received an Award of Merit at the Annapolis 2008 event, and  also the First Place Award in the Fall 2008 "Timeless Annapolis" exhibit at Maryland Federation of Art. In June 2008 she entered the Gunpowder Falls Plein Air Competition (Northern Baltimore County, MD) and received the Third Runner Up award for her painting, "Foot of Corbett Village Road" from awards judge Nancy Tankersley. Her oil painting, "Mrs. Trimble's Garden," was awarded  an Honorable Mention  by selection/awards judge F. Lennox Campello [...]

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