Meet the Artist - Mary Claire Tillotson
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
I am an abstract artist and my work is focused on bringing an emotional, immersive experience to the viewer rather than depicting a realistic reflection. In doing so, I focus on my own nature based inspiration: I’m endlessly fascinated by small moments and microcosms existing all around us, a few steps away from my own life: the moss eclipsing the stones in the forest, the whole universe of flora and fauna supported by the sunlight that filters through the tree canopy; looking through the shallows of water to the bottom and how that translucence changes the viewpoint of everything in its grasp; the way the entire landscape changes with the hot southern sun or a frosty moonlit night; the feather dropped by the bird of prey as evidence of her fierce hunt. These are just a few of the reflections on memories that inspire the moods of my paintings. I use color, opacity, and values to express a range of experiences and moods, ranging from peaceful and ethereal, to lush, with a hint of dark enchantment.
I made a return to art after receiving a traditional fine arts college education and then pivoting to a law school education and practice for many years (as well as being a mom). In doing so, I have never felt more like myself.