claudia kaufman

Simply Looking: Looking Simple

As a contemporary realist painter, my works are studies in observation... still life set-ups of familiar objects that are deceptively simple, yet complex.

Stopping short of photo-realism, I work to keep the signs of my hand and brushstroke in my work and am particularly intrigued by the drama of light, transparency, reflection and strong shadows.

For me, the trick is in the looking and the seeing; the breaking down of an image to shapes of color, planes and spatial relationships and laying one area of color correctly against another to define light, space and weight.

As a visual thinker, this art of observation and capturing those correct relationships is a long and rewarding road.