Claire Astra MacKenzie

I am visual artist based in Eureka, California; a small community nestled along the Northern California coastline.

I work in oil, watercolor, pen and ink, encaustic & felted wool.


Originally from Southern California, I have also found home in Hawai‘i, Pennsylvania, Florida, British Columbia and Nova Scotia.  Each place I have lived has given me a different perspective and has informed the aesthetics I am drawn to.  I have painted for as long as I can remember.  I received my BFA in drawing and painting from the University of Hawai‘i and continued graduate studies at Regent College in Vancouver, BC, where I focused on the interplay of faith, creativity and the arts.


I like to think of art making as a way to pay attention, listen, stay present or engage with life.

In my work, I am interested in exploring nuanced colors, textures, light and feelings found in nature, the communities we find ourselves in and even within ourselves. 


I hope to create work that brings beauty and healing to broken spaces and fosters reminders of our humanity.