Claire Bigbee is profoundly influenced by her surroundings, both place, and person. Season of Solitude, her Artist Choice piece, was inspired by a working vacation she took this spring.
“Season of Solitude began at my recent trip to the tip of Cape Cod for a weekend. I visited Anne Packard, and her daughters Leslie and Cynthia Packard. Anne, has been the matriarch of an artist family for three generations,” says Bigbee. “Both daughters are a continuation of an artist lineage.”
Bigbee studied under both Anne and Cynthia over the years. It had been a while since their last visit and Bigbee was excited to spend time with these three women she now calls friends. The fact that it is in a place she finds incredibly beautiful is an added bonus.
Provincetown is a special place that, for centuries, has captured the attention of many famous artists, poets, and writers. “For me, the quiet solitude in Provincetown offseason is a perfect getaway to catch-up and do hopefully do some painting,” says Bigbee. “The incredible light and colorful surroundings are captured perfectly in Season of Solitude, as well as others sparked from this same visit.”
Bigbee has also done workshops on The Hans Hoffman Approach with famed artist Selina Trieff and her husbanding fellow artist Robert Henry at The Provincetown International Art Institute.
“Since Charles Hawthorne’s arrival in 1899, the Provincetown art colony has played a significant role in the history of American art,” shares Bigbee. “Going there to study my craft is my connection to the great artist in American history there before me.”
Claire Bigbee has three works at Shows on Maine Art Hill for the 8th Annual Choice Art Show. The Choice Show can be seen every day from 10 am to 5 pm at the 10 Chase Hill Road address, as well as online at The 8th Annual Choice Art Show.
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