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Seascape Exhibition | Gardner Colby Gallery, FL

March 4 – March 16, 2015

“Water Works”

A group show with a coastal theme.

Featuring the work of Claire Kendrick, Doug Foltz, James Lewis and Ken Otsuka

“Living on the east coast of the United States I look out on the Atlantic Ocean and I’m challenged as an artist to capture its vastness. The high seas and big storm fronts remind me of my native home, Ireland, the North West Outpost of Europe. Those memories combined with the ferociousness of the weather fronts brings a depth and passion to my work, yet the stillness and peace of the southern shores is a soothing calm and is both a joy and quest to capture as a plein air and studio painter.”

“Symbolically the ocean is a sign of power and strength, due to its immensity. Observing and painting the great power of the ocean and all its weather fronts is much like having a front row seat at the theater.”

Claire Kendrick has had the privilege to be mentored by American Contemporary Artist Anne Packard.

Artist Notes

“In 2012 Anne invited me to paint with her for 10 days at her home in Cape Cod. It is a huge honor for any artist when your painting speaks or evokes a reaction…. it’s a confirmation and validation that something’s there———–a spark to ignite! Painting is a lifelong quest and at over 80 years of age Anne is passionate and dedicated. I was struck and impressed that her daily quest is to improve her craft as an artist.
Painting can be one of the most heartbreaking and rewarding professions. Anne taught me that “the struggle” is a natural part of the process for a painter. She also taught me about stamina, discipline and fearlessness……the importance of bringing emotion, depth and passion into your work……….and that every brush mark helps define your creative style and helps you find you voice as an artist. There is a mood and emotion Anne Packard conveys in her painting that speaks to me and inspires me.” – CJK

A Selection of Paintings Exhibiting

A selection of new work will be available at the upcoming exhibition. Come visit me at the Gardner Colby Galleries, Naples March 4th, 2015.

 

Claire J KendrickExhibition, Interview, Oil Painting, SeascapeFebruary 17, 20150 comments
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Figure Exhibition | Cultural Center Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

March 6th – April 17th, 2015

“Figuratively Speaking”

Beautiful | 10x8 | Oil

Beautiful | 10×8 | Oil

The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach will open a unique exhibition featuring artist Claire Kendrick, March 6 – April 17th. “Figuratively Speaking” is a series of oil paintings and sketches which studies the human figure. Each year the curatorial committee select artists to exhibit and as study of the nude figure has long been at the heart of traditional education in the arts, it is an important exhibition and shows a real commitment to painting.
This is a contemporary body of work that brings a fresh, modern approach to figure painting. There is a freedom and energy in the way she applies paint and builds the paintings in this series as she pushes the boundaries towards abstract.

“The dialogue is something I strive for–what is spoken and what is left unspoken–it’s the tension and energy between the painting and the private dialogue–the interpretation of the viewer(s)–their need to fill in the gaps. Body language is the unspoken dialogue.” – Claire Kendrick

Shadow Side | 7x5 |Oil

Shadow Side | 7×5 |Oil

Artists Notes

“Figuratively Speaking”. — The beauty of being figurative while conversing or writing is that it creates a subtle, special meaning. The nuances of figurative language create associations and suggestions in the listener’s mind that have not been stated implicitly.
When painting the viewer uniquely observes and they in turn have their own private reaction, based on their views, life experience, feeling towards the work.
The paintings capture the private moment between a model and the artist. It’s a non-objective beginning — I never quite know what energy will come across the paintings. I sometimes capture the mood of the model or conversely it’s my reaction to the pose. Of course there is always a part of me in the work but the best paintings have something unintended — an element of surprise and mystery. They are works of art that can never be repeated because of the complex layering of paint.

 

“This is an exciting exhibition of contemporary figure paintings. It has taken over two years for the series exhibiting at the Cultural Center, to become reality and I’m very excited as it marks an important milestone in my career as a professional artist. Visiting Cape Cod and working with Anne Packard and her daughter Cynthia Packard in 2012 was pivotal in initiating the series.” – CJK

Opening Night Friday March 6th (5.30pm – 8pm)

Claire J KendrickDrawing, Exhibition, Figure, Installation, Oil PaintingFebruary 17, 20150 comments
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Plum Contemporary Art Gallery presents the latest paintings by CJK

Plum Contemporary Art Gallery is excited to present the latest works by Claire J Kendrick.  Claire in 2012 devoted herself to intensive study with Anne Packard and her daughter Cynthia Packard the stunning paintings are exhibiting April 5th – June 30th, 2013 reveal the influence that Anne and Cynthia have had on Claire’s work.

Claire demonstrates the principle that with each brush stroke you have an opportunity to express emotion, depth and passion.  Her paintings inevitably evoke a response from the viewer that is consistent with her intention.

Anne has stated that Claire is a “painter’s painter” and one that has “found her own voice.”  Praise from a renowned artist such as Anne Packard speaks volumes for one of the most talented artists in our gallery.

Exhibition Dates | April 1st – June 31st, 2013

April 5th 5pm – 8pm |Art Walk | Meet the artist, Claire will be at Plum gallery to talk to visitor about her work.

May 3rd 5pm – 8pm | Art Walk | Meet the artist, Claire will be at Plum gallery to talk to visitor about her work.

May 11th  Time TBC | Demo en plein air | Visit Plum and watch Claire Painting en plein air.

June 7th 5pm – 8pm |Art Walk | Meet the artist, Claire will be at Plum gallery to talk to visitor about her work.

Plum Gallery | Nine Aviles Street | Saint Augustine | FL | 32084 | www.plumartgallery.com

To read more about Claire’s experience with the Packard’s click on this link

http://www.cjk-studio.com/about/anne-packard/

 

Claire J KendrickExhibition, Oil PaintingApril 5, 20130 comments
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Anne Packard, American Contemporary Artist, mentors artist, Claire J. Kendrick

Anne Packard in her studio, Cape Cod. MA 2012

 

Anne Packard and I first met in the historic streets of St. Augustine in 2011.  She was exhibiting her one-woman show at the Cutter and Cutter Brilliance in Color Gallery.  We had an immediate rapport because we have one thing in common—-painting…….and it consumes our lives!  This year Anne invited me to her home in Provincetown, Cape Cod, to stay with her and paint for ten days.  While there I also studied with her daughter, Cynthia Packard, which was a huge learning and high energy experience.  It has been a gift to be mentored by Anne.  She also knew that Cynthia could push me and help me grow as an artist.  I was blown away by the experience!  This year marks tremendous growth in my work and I credit this growth to the time spent with Anne and Cynthia.

Cynthia Packard points to painting by Raoul Dufy, Claudine vue de dos ou nu au fauteuil vert 1906.

Cynthia Packard in her studio, Cape Cod. MA 2012

Cynthia was passionate about paying attention to the four edges of the canvas, strong composition,  and considering the whole painting.  This concept was taught to her by her mentor, the late Fritz Bulman, American Abstract Expressionist.

 

 

Anne Packard outside the Packard Gallery, Provincetown, Cape Cod. MA 2012

Anne brings to her work an instinct and skill drawn from a deep family well of American and European painters.  A third-generation Provincetown painter, her grandfather, Max Bohm, was a leading turn-of-the-century impressionist painter.    Max came to Provincetown in 1916 with many other European and American artists.  Her grandmother, great aunt, uncle and mother were also respected painters.  An artistic vein runs strongly in her family and continues with her children.  Finding artists whose work you admire and respect is everything…..finding that they will work with you is overwhelming!

Anne complimented some of my paintings that were hanging in the Worley Faver Gallery in 2011.  It is a huge honor for any artist when your painting speaks or evokes a reaction……it’s a confirmation and validation that something’s there———–a spark to ignite!  Working with Anne in 2012 was essential as experienced eyes can see faults and weaknesses in our painting.  The key to learning is to stay open, to hear the suggested fix.  I was prepared to roll up my sleeves and work from the gut….face the grit, have thick skin and be prepared to hear the truth!  Oh, by the way, they can be a dynamic duo and hard task masters!  The pearls of wisdom only happen if you’re prepared to put up with a little grit in the shell.  The life of an artist is a solitary profession.  Once in a while you find another artist who will help and encourage you.  Who will offer advice?  That advice is only useful if you truly respect the work of the artist who offers it.

Anne Packard in her studio, Cape Cod. MA 2012

 

Over the ten day stay, too many books to read were thrust in my direction…….”read this, “oh, you will love this”, “when you get time have a look at this”!  The “must try” product list was growing by the day.  A savvy i-Pad user, Anne quickly types in a name…..have you ever seen such plagiarism!  Entertaining and heated topics such as marketing, galleries, travel, and new paint products, famous artists both living and deceased were debated every evening.  Life, love,  and  art, talked and stories shared……..this has been a special experience and one I treasure.  Painting is a lifelong quest and at 80 years of age Anne is passionate and dedicated.  I was struck and impressed that her daily quest is to improve her craft as an artist.

Painting can be one of the most heartbreaking and rewarding professions.  Anne and Cynthia taught me that “the struggle” is a natural part of the process for a painter.  They also taught me about  stamina, discipline and fearlessness……the importance of bringing emotion, depth and passion into your work……….and that every brush mark helps define your creative style and helps you find you voice as an artist.

 

Selected Review  by Anne Packard, 2012 

“All the senses seem to be wide open in Claire’s paintings…………she is a talented and committed painter and clearly has her own voice…..a painter’s painter.  I would place my bets on Claire now and in the future.”

Photo 1 – Anne Packard in her studio, Cape Cod. MA 2012

Photo 2 – Cynthia Packard in her studio, Cape Cod. MA 2012

Photo 3 – Cynthia Packard points to painting by Raoul Dufy, Claudine vue de dos ou nu au fauteuil vert 1906.

Photo 4 – Anne Packard outside the Packard Gallery, Provincetown, Cape Cod. MA 2012

Photo 5 – Anne Packard in her studio, Cape Cod. MA 2012

 

Claire J KendrickExhibition, Interview, Oil PaintingOctober 31, 20120 comments
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