April Claggett

Art and Graphic Design



April Claggett Art and Graphic Design

Artist's Statement


I grew up on a farm which forms a peninsula on the Chesapeake Bay, surrounded by tidewater.  At first impulse, my painting is always inspired by light and color.  Colors are the troupe, the props, the swimmers, the gymnasts that never keep to themselves.  This is what I love about painting, and I only paint for joy.

As a young artist, I explored sculpture.  Being athletic and horsey, the physicality of both the making and the made suited me.  I always understood the metaphysics of the creative process, and it was just so direct and rewarding with clay.  Then the chaotic miracle of the firing.  After decades of parenting, farming, community building and homemaking, I have taken up oil painting and other two-dimensional constructs.  The imposed abstraction interests me more.  My current explorations, aside from the painting, are with contemporary practices that include art production, display, interpretation and the philosophy of the creative process in human society.