Debra Claffey

Eddies, Edges, and Meanderings

The biological intelligence, fractal design, and stunning beauty of plant systems intrigue me. The imagery I create from these complex forms is the result of listening with all my senses.
I deconstruct attentive vision into pattern and rhythm, color and form, then reform it into a personal and unique expression of my awareness. There is no separation between inner and outer. I am the natural world and it is also me.
I like to combine opacity and translucence, scribbled line against an illusion of depth, thick surfaces with pale washes, sometimes carving and scraping back to reveal buried layers. Each piece becomes an exploration of the tensions between flat surface and pictorial depth. I think of them as orchestrations of light and dark, shape and rhythm.

Debra Claffey is a visual artist who uses encaustic, oil, and mixed media in her work. Raised in Connecticut, educated in Massachusetts, she now lives and works in New Boston, New Hampshire. She holds a BFA in Painting from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Tufts University and an Associate’s Degree in Horticultural Technology from the University of New Hampshire. Claffey’s work has won several awards and, in 2011, received an Artist Entrepreneurial Grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Claffey writes a blog, Making Something Out of Nothing In June 2013, she organized her first curated exhibition, Natura Viva: Flora, Fauna, and Us, at ArtCurrent Gallery in Provincetown in conjunction with The Seventh International Encaustic Conference. In June 2015, she followed up with a second curatorial exhibition titled The Incisive Line at Gallery 10 in Truro, Massachusetts in conjunction with The Ninth International Encaustic Conference.

Raised in Connecticut and educated in Massachusetts, Debra holds a BFA in Painting from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Tufts University and an Associate’s Degree in Horticultural Technology from the University of New Hampshire. Claffey has been exhibiting widely for more than thirty years and her work has won several awards. She received a 2011 Artist Entrepreneurial Grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Claffey writes a blog, Making Something out of Nothing, and enjoys curating exhibitions. Claffey is a Past-President of New England Wax, and currently sits on the Board of the NH Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art.

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