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House & GardeN
9 Main St. North, Bethlehem, CT
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Sept. 27th -
Oct. 28th 2018
CLAIRE HARTMAN SIMLER
Claire Hartman Simler has been painting for the last four years in response to her love of nature, and a 40-year career dedicated to the care and exhibition of museum, corporate and private fine art collections. Claire’s work in the preservation, examination and display of art was inspired by a desire to understand composition, the use of color and the artistic process of individual expression. Over the years, this engagement deeply resonated with her, had a large visual impact and increased her curiosity and desire to paint.
“There is an immense encyclopedic register of images and subject matter in my mind. I always hoped to find a way to express my love of art. To capture its beauty through watercolor is a great adventure and I am continually in awe and humbled by the complex simplicity of each subject I choose. I draw inspiration from the strength exhibited in nature; a hawk feather, a bird’s nest, a dragonfly wing. Each of these things, so delicate, exhibits a lightness in being, yet provides an upward lift for a bird of prey in a strong wind, a fortress for newly laid eggs, or the high-speed acrobatics and agility of transparent wings moving at lightning speed. There is an inherent sense of power and placement with objects found in nature. I want to be a part of it.”
Claire lives in Litchfield, Connecticut.