We had the good fortune of connecting with Claire Kosasky and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Claire, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Art speaks for me. I’ve always been attracted to colors, and the tools used to produce art; I consider myself a “fauve.”Creating art brings me joy, and the pleasure of sharing the people and places I have experienced with the public, .

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I was born in Paris, France. Both my grandfathers were in the arts, my mother was a sculptor, and I am continuing the heritage. Coming from a place where art is essential, I have always felt its power. So much of today’s art is a reflection of our turbulent world; I like to show beauty that brings joy, and can be understood by anyone, anywhere. My art is autobiographical, taking my inspiration from my travels, encounters and experiences. I use color and lines to encourage the viewer to engage in the oeuvre. Art translates feelings and experiences.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite local museum is The Norton Simon Museum, located in one of my favorite local cities, Pasadena. A typical tourist day with visiting friends begins at Brent’s Deli in Northridge. Then we’re at Norton Simon, which opens at 11:00. After touring for about an hour or two, we have a snack at the garden cafe of the museum. A walk through the garden is a must, reminiscent of Monet’s home and gardens at Giverney. Our next stop is the collection of antique markets just a few streets away. I’ve made a few purchases there, fun and convenient. The day ends with dinner at Mi Piace, a wonderful Italien restaurant on the main boulevard, with outside seating. Friends from abroad are always happy at the end of the day.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to express my gratitude to my husband for his non-ending support, and my children whose enthusiasm was always inspiring.  Thank you to Professor Carol Bishop who believed in my talent.  Finally, my gratitude to Jody Dunitz, a loyal  friend,  who has done whatever was necessary to advance my career.

Website: Www.watercolorsbyclaire.com