@clairegaulinbrown

I grew up in a small cabin tucked away in the forest on Vancouver Island, British-Columbia. This setting allowed me to spend a lot of time in the woods and in the water and nurtured a deep love and appreciation for nature, which is reflected in much of my work. After living in Montreal for several years, I have recently moved back to Vancouver Island. I spend part of my time in the Cowichan Valley working in a studio with my partner, and the rest of the time I try to spend on the coast in our second home, a  camperized Ford Econoline Van.

Tell us how did you get started and involved in art?

My parents fostered my artistic lean from a really young age, so I've been lucky enough to have been making art for as long as I can remember. I actually went to university to study art history. It wasn't until my second year of studies that I realized I was probably making a terrible mistake I wanted to be making art, not learning about it. Fortunately, making art as a profession was never something I was told I couldn't do and I have been pursuing this since graduating from university. 

What do you like the most about arts?

The arts is such an inclusive community that holds a common language across all cultures.

I was recently in Mexico and stumbled into an art club. Although I didn't speak the local language, there was still a profound understanding.

What do you like the most about being an artist ?

For me being an artist has meant finding a voice that allows me to engage in issues or experiences that are important to me. I not only incorporate a lot of issues of environmentalism and sustainability into my work, but I try to include parts of myself, whether that be a personal experience or beauty that I see from engaging with our world. Being able to create something that allows me to speak makes me feel empowered. I also love the diversity that comes with being an artist, as it turns out there is so much more to it than just making work. From working with printers, framers, friendly folks at the art store, to working with clients, it really takes a community to make an artwork.    

What do you hate the most about being an artist ?

There is definitely a solitary factor that can take some getting used to—working on pieces can mean hours alone getting down to it.

But I am thankful for music, podcasts, cups and cups of tea,  and a loving studio mate!   

What does art mean to you?

Art is creativity taking shape, an ability to speak when you can't find words, and art is a little bit of beauty that we all need. 

Who and what inspire you ?

Nature and how we engage with our world is a very large inspiration for me, and finds its way into much of my work. Im also inspired by many contemporary artists tackling similar issues the best way they know how. 

What are your dreams?

I am continually working towards a more successful art practice, trying to cultivate a lasting body of work, which may take decades! I am also working towards the ability to maintain an art business while being mobile—the camper van is calling and I want to keep working while travelling. 

Anything you would like to share with us?

Be kind to our planet, and jump in the ocean whenever you can. 

 

To follow along:

website: clairegaulinbrown.com

Instagram: @clairegaulinbrown