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Remote Areas: Art by Claire Cepukas


A colorful painting of horses grazing in a fieldHappy Horses, acrylic on canvas

Nelson, B.C.-based artist Claire Cepukas is inspired by wilderness, and her experience living in and travelling to remote areas of Ontario and the rest of Canada. Though Claire’s subject matter is often snowy and even desolate, the artist utilizes an impressive range of color to create striking and energetic imagery.


A blue painting of two kookaburras sitting in a treeKookaburra Buddies, acrylic on canvas

 

Claire’s paintings and drawings utilize color shading to impressive effect, creating a beautiful sense of volume and depth using figures that are slightly stylized and rendered with hard outlines and well-defined shapes. I really enjoy the way color factors into every aspect of the artist’s paintings, and the way Claire is able to use her palette to give the impression of an overall color scheme in each work. The brightness of these landscapes is often reminiscent of paintings by Ted Harrison.


A screen capture of Claire Cepukas' art websiteClaire's portfolio website, www.clairecepukas.com

 

In her photographic works, Claire maintains an interest in rural landscapes and forests – many of these photographs were taken during the artist’s time spent planting trees in northern British Columbia. These photographs do a great job of capturing the lush greenery and quietness of the northern landscape.


A photograph of a rainbow over a British Columbia forestPrince George, British Columbia, photograph


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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