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An Optimistic View: The Art of Claire Cepukas

A painting of a deep and misty forestSmoky Woods, oil on canvas

Claire Cepukas is a Canadian painter whose works are inspired by the nation’s remote landscapes and the artist’s time spent living and working as a tree planter in Northern Alberta and BC. Claire’s works are saturated with brighter-than-life colours and present an optimistic view of the wilderness. 

A pink-hued painting of a snowy sceneSnow Ghosts, acrylic and paper on canvas

I really appreciate Claire’s graphic style and the unique approach that she takes to the production of landscape paintings and drawings. The artist’s approach is one that emphasizes large, clean shapes and planes of colour, trading in photorealistic details for an impression of the landscape that is whole but untethered to any actual location or reference point. The resulting images have a kind of approachability and familiarity that suggests that they could be anywhere, while still honoring the landscapes by which they were inspired. 

A screen capture of Claire Cepukas' art portfolio


In creating her works, Claire uses a variety of media including alcohol markers, watercolour, and oil paints. Though each medium lends a slightly different effect to the finished image, it’s interesting to see how consistent the artist keeps her style across different media and subject matter. 

A painting of a red shack against a green fieldLittle Red Shack, Newfoundland

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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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