Claire Hanson Tom 2023
Claire Hanson Tom is a California artist who has exhibited
her work since the 1990’s and continues developing her creative
production. She is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute.
In 2013 she illustrated the award-winning children’s book, “The Bubble
Gum Princess” (Julie Gribble, New York Media Works). She has worked with Magic Realist
painter Gregory Gillespie, and with the American satirist, Jules Feiffer.
The body of her work broadly spans the field of 2-D media --
from oil and watercolor painting; to large format magic realist drawings; to
scientific illustration and graphic narrative formats. Her proficient use of a variety of media
enables her to explore the nexus between the narrative qualities
inherent in materials and the representation of form.
Alongside her artwork, Claire has been an adjunct professor
at Columbia College since 2007 teaching all subjects related to 2-D Art. She also maintains an active collaboration
with the Forestry and Natural Resources Department to promote the utilization
of visual tools as a method of understanding the natural world. She has
developed this connection through her Drawing in Nature and Nature
Journaling summer courses at Bakers Station since 2014.
Claire Tom says:
“My painting concerns involve the importance of the dialogue
between color upon the physical surface of the paper and the chimerical nature forms
that are created out of my direct experience in real time. In this, I attempt to embody life’s
temporal dynamics within the atmospheres and objects that we live in and