It was only recently that Claudia Wood Rahm resumed painting. For many years, among other adventures, she taught art and raised two daughters with her husband, Woody. They have lived in Warren for 43 years. Since retiring, she has found her way back to her easel and the sheer delight of mixing colors. To her the sense of freedom that comes with painting is exhilarating and the process is comfortable, fulfilling and fun. She finds a pure joy in her creative expression that was held back for many years due to the pressures of life. Her art opens her in a way that no other form of communication can.
Claudia’s paintings often grow as she works on them. Occasionally she just plays with color and an idea comes. She is influenced by children’s art, folk art, and the beauty of nature. She particularly loves painting organic shapes and the ocean.
The Bible is also a strong influence. When she paints dots on a canvas, she considers them joy molecules that enliven the piece. Intricate or elemental, her paintings reveal whimsical creatures and landscapes that celebrate her love of color, design and story.
Raised in Westport, Claudia received a degree in Art Education in 1967. She never trained formally or under anyone famous. Maybe that is why her work is so free of pretension, so full of innocence and sometimes playful. Picasso said, “Every child is an artist; the problem is to remain an artist once the child grows up.”
Claudia has shown and sold her work in Litchfield County, along the Connecticut shoreline, as well as in Massachusetts and Maine.
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 1, 5 – 7 pm
Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street