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Soft Realistic Portraits: Claudette Webb

realistic painting of red haired woman holder a black catLisa and Bo, oil

Today we’re looking at the portfolio of Claudette Webb. Claudette is an artist currently living and working in Hunstville, Alabama. In her art she uses oil paints, as well as pencil crayons to create soft realistic portraits of people in their day-to-day lives.


The style that Claudette uses lends to her work an interesting tension between photorealism, and a softer, more lenient way of painting. The result is paintings and drawings that convincingly capture their subjects, while still allowing the viewer to appreciate the materiality of the paint. While her paintings generally focus on a single model, some works feature animals, or crowd scenes.  

realistic painting of woman and children look up at some balloonsMall Scene, oil on masonite panel

Claudette also creates detailed black and white drawings in graphite pencil. These images showcase her great attention to detail, and skill in rendering often tricky subjects like fabrics and hair. Look through Claudette’s portolfio for more detailed portraiture.  

realistic pencil drawing of a cat on a couchJinx, prismacolour pencil

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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