Klaire is a retired Hospice RN who resides in Warren, Ohio with her son, daughter-in-law, grandson and an Akida dog named Sasha. She is a fellow member of the Design Style Guide Team on Etsy and you can always find her in the forum with her cheery words and upbeat attitude.
I would like to share a little about the process Klaire goes through to make these extraordinary images because there are many steps involved before she even begins her design. The first is to wash the white silk (from Asia) in a soapy solution, rinse it several times, iron it, then pin it to a frame. Now it's ready for the dye. Klaire uses special resisting agents to help keep the dyes from floating all over the canvas. Once the painting is complete it must be steamed for 2-3 hours, which sets the dye, however, sometimes it has a mind of it's own and strays outside the lines creating unusual images and patterns that were not intentional but add to the piece. After the steaming process, the painting is then washed again in special soapy water to remove excess dyes, then rinsed, then ironed, then pinned to foam core board, and then finally framed.
I am always curious about the artist behind the art so I asked Klaire what her favorite piece was and why. She said it was "Her Majesty, the Monarch" as it was one of her first creations using silks as her canvas. This butterfly is also a symbol that many people relate to Klaire as this is the one she uses for her avatar on Etsy.
The meticulous detail on this painting is truly amazing to me. Take a look at the wings of this butterfly. If I didn't know better, I would think this is a photograph because the detail and clarity is so true to life, right down to the wispy antennae.
Many times Klaire has been asked to show her work at an Invitational Art Show and one of her pieces called "Picasso's Sun" sold in the first hour of the show. So many people requested she paint another Picasso that she decided to do this one, called "Picasso's Moon". When you are a one-of-a-kind artist, such as Klaire, it is impossible to re-create a piece, so all you can do is something similar.
Being a Floridian I just couldn't pass up this brilliant underwater scene called "Nemo's Friends, an Underwater View". The colors in this are so bright and bold and the way Klaire maneuvered the dye makes it look just like the wavy waters of the ocean.
I just love to see where artists "do their thing" so I asked Klaire to send a picture of her studio. This is her haven. A place where she can go inside herself and create and dream and produce these wonderful original silk creations.