©2019 by Claire MacKenzie


paintings in oil, watercolor, wool & wax


I am originally from San Diego, CA and have also had the privilege of living in Hawai‘i, Pennsylvania, Florida, British Columbia and Nova Scotia. I now find myself in Northern California amid a beautiful coastline, rivers and redwoods. All this is enjoyed with my husband Ian and our dog Gili.

Each place in which I have lived has formed a bit of who I am and the aesthetics I am drawn to. I grew up in a family that valued the arts and encouraged creativity.  This laid the groundwork for a lifetime of artistic exploration.  I received my BFA in drawing and painting from the University of Hawai‘i. I later earned a graduate diploma from Regent College in Vancouver, focusing on the interplay of faith, creativity and the arts.  I continue to work as an artist and freelance graphic designer here in Humboldt County.


There is great value in the process of creating and making. My aim is to create work with integrity and to inspire and empower others in their creative endeavors.

"Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it."

Madeleine L'Engle