Life is about LOVE and CONNECTION!
Art, teaching, painting, photography and design have been my life passions, and through these passions I have been able to connect more deeply with others. Fitness and wellness, also, have been an important part of my living a healthy, happy, art-filled life! I have LOVED studying more and more about the mind, body, spirit connection which help to appreciate living your every moment! Artful living is increasing your awareness to the beauty in life around you - learning to "see" with the third eye and being creative. Live, laugh and LOVE! Open your eyes, your mind, your heart to LOVE and CONNECT with others and let the beauty of YOU SHINE!
Check out my work in my galleries! I work largely by commission for painting and photography. I teach ongoing, beginner to experienced painters - just takes a desire to create! Connect with me on social media links at the very bottom of my site for most current stuff I'm doing!
I am an identical twin, mom, wife, and artist! I feel so blessed to have been able to travel and see the world, document and produce art from my travels and from my world around me. Most days, I'm painting, doing photography and/or working on my fitness - physically, mentally and spiritually. I grew up in Alabama where I earned an undergrad degree in Interior Design from Auburn University and Master's degree magna cum laude in Art Education from Alabama A&M University which included an art studies abroad in Tuscany. I married and moved to Chicago and then to St. Paul, Minnesota for 14 years and now back in Chicago. For over 20 years, I have taught painting and photography here in the states as well as in Tuscany with my twin sister artist, Carole Foret. We have taken groups to Cortona, Italy for painting workshops.
Teaching is the most rewarding work I’ve done, and I long to continue that path. More recently, I've enjoyed the opportunity to work with art directors and set designers for paintings in TV and film here in Chicago. My family is my heart and support, and I'm now reveling in helping launch my 3 children into life and into their own paths!
Painting: I paint all kinds of subject matter and especially love urban landscapes, architecture and people. I'm intrigued most by how light plays on a subject and conveying that energy and movement. I'm less and less interested in exactness conveying precise lines and perfect edges and instead want to simply convey the essence of the subject. Sometimes, I tend toward abstract. I love the challenge of taking the mundane and portraying it in a way that gives new light and vibrancy. Capturing that brief moment of beauty is a joy in both my painting and photography. I work largely by commission, so inquire if you're interested.
Classes: Check schedule in NEWS at the bottom! No experience needed!
Photography: I've been a portrait photographer for 20 years, and love working with people. Check out my work in the gallery below.
I use my photography and painting hand in hand. I shoot most of what I paint. I post photography and paintings on Fine Art America where you may purchase prints. Check it out!
NEW in Claire Kayser Studio!
Claire recently introduced hand-painted t-shirts with positive messages of love and empowerment in on-going campaign of spreading the LOVE one t-shirt at a time.
She has always loved retro-looking graphic tees with a soft,
worn, vintage feel,
and that is what she is creating by hand,
made to order, one shirt at a time.
She says, "This is exactly the kind of shirt I would look for in a store but haven't found."
So, she decided to try making her own, and viola!
Read more here about how this all unfolded over the years
to get her here.
Click on Claire's Instagram feed below and follow for the latest shirt creations to order.
Contact her here below or via DM in Insta or Facebook.
These hand-painted shirts are one-of-a-kind, unique, artistic,
and they make great gifts, order several for parties, or
proudly wear one styled in a variety of ways - with jeans,
with a cool jacket, athleisure - so many great ideas here.
*All sizes & colors, various cuts
*hand-painted by Claire
*Custom orders/ideas welcomed!
*Starting at $50 ea. plus 2-3 day USPS shipping within US!
Inquire about global shipping!
WINTER PAINTING CLASS
BYOS (bring your own supplies)
I’ll supply a list!
$250 - 6 classes
Teaching has been the most rewarding and fulfilling part of my art journey over the last 20 years, and I am ready for students who want to create! Whether you have painted or not, this class is about being creative and diving in to the painting process. I am here to guide you! I will have several lessons, we will paint, and have a constructive critique each class. Carve out just two hours in your week that’s all for YOU! Feel the freedom and sheer joy that comes with manipulating colors, mixing them, making lines, making color fields! Awaken to YOUR creative spirit!
I will guide you along the way!
2-3 Lessons per 6 weeks with plenty of time to create.
Great music 🎶
Great energy 💃🏻
Contact me to sign up or for any questions!