Creativity In Mid-Hudson Valley – Ulster County, NY
“Imagine my surprise when I walked into Nuvance Health for my annual mammogram & saw these paintings, lining the walls. I simply couldn’t pass them by. AWESOME WORKS!!! So, I asked the lady at the desk, her name is Shannon – who also happens to be a Creative Artist! My day just kept getting better, lol! Shannon gave me the card of the artist “Claudia Engel,” of Claudia Engel Watercolors. I also added Shannon’s creative work. I love the creativity, here in Ulster County, and look forward to encountering more creative gems.” ~Maxwanette A Poetess
*Moving here originally from Vermont, Claudia Engel, was drawing and painting from childhood. As an adult she attended the Rhode Island School of Design, moved to Woodstock, New York and now resides in nearby Port Ewen, in a lovely home overlooking the Hudson River.
Past years as a graphic designer have contributed greatly to her sense of composition as she moved ahead into the world of watercolor. Claudia’s passion is currently New York City and large paintings of Iris.
Her personal definition of art is to use her creative gift in such a way as to result in arousing beauty in the senses, motivating and lifting one up to see splendor in the ordinary.
“There are so many ways to be considered artistic. To place one technique above the other would be like saying a rose is better than a lily, and one would lose out on appreciating things lost in the shadows. I can glean something from almost everyone I meet or painting I see. Each has its place in the overall scheme of things. I like working in a studio, guild-like environment with other artists and consider team-work far superior as compared to being on my own. If I leave myself open, I can see more quickly what’s been overlooked, what weaknesses I habitually make and therefore grow faster.
“Working together spurs on the creative juices and makes life much more enjoyable. What is art? In a world that has lost the ability to see, we demonstrate how to take a second look.”
Claudia has spent the past sixteen years studying at the Betsy Jacaruso Studio and Gallery located at 43 East Market Street, Suite 2, the Courtyard in Rhinebeck, New York. *Bio From Claudia’s Watercolors (http://claudiaengel.com/bio.htm)
“Shannon was working at the front desk. When I stopped to admire the artwork, it came out, that she took was an artist! Can you imagine finding two artists at once, in the same space??? Absolutely Awesome! Shannon paints in watercolors. Her works can be found & for sale on Facebook Marketplace. Check her out, as her prices are reasonable too.”