ABOUT ME

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 the feelings we experience in nature, our communities and within ourselves.  I hope to create work that encourages us to be present to life and follows threads of hope that beauty, belonging, restoration and wholeness are possible within our diverse and often fragmented experiences.