Claudia Fuenzalida Johns
I paint because of a deeply rooted desire to create something that expresses deep emotion. A retrospection of loving, giving, risking, suffering. Painting allows me to relax, daydream, escape from the demands of family and work. It is my retreat, my sanctuary.
I am from a creative and emotionally charged family. Santiago, Chile is my birthplace. My family is made up of painters, dancers, opera singers. It was the natural thing to do, to dance and paint. I came to the USA in 1972 at the age of 9 when my mother, fearing the inevitable military takeover of the Augusto Pinochet regime, sent my brother, sister, and me to Seattle to live with a distant aunt. We were to be here six months, we never went back. We lived in a mystical, enigmatic household that alluded to a spiritual world not bound by religion. I attended North Carolina School of the Arts and majored in art & dance at the University of Washington. My work is featured in selected fine art galleries in the Pacific Northwest.
Images of birds and wings suggest hope, nurturing, protecting and spirituality. Along with a very bright color pallet, I use the texture of encaustic, a technique of painting with wax. I love the unpredictable element it adds to a work of art.” CFJ
“Falling with the Moon” encaustic by Claudia Fuenzalida Johns
34” x 40” with frame
“ Birds on a Wire” encaustic by Claudia Fuenzalida Johns
11.5” x 25”
“Taking Flight” encaustic by Claudia Fuenzalida Johns
20.5” x 24”
In the midst of living, I paint about life with its hope and its disappointments. I try to transcend reality by painting the imagined. And what I leave behind is my thoughts on living and our relationships to nature.” CHJ
Fairweather House and Gallery
WILD BEAUTY exhibition
Through Nov. 24th
Featuring NW artists Leopoldine “LEO” Brew, Agnes Field, Patricia Clark-Finley, Dorota Haber-Leligh, Ron Nicolaides, Neal Maine, Jan Rimerman, and Vanessa K. Stokes.
Welcoming Claudia Fuenzalida Johns.
The strength of WILD BEAUTY lies in the detailed and multivariate perspectives each artist brings showing us a different viewpoint.
They all use WILD BEAUTY as the theme in their work but they use different techniques and the way they see it is distinctively unique.
Grace note received:
Thank you so much for your hand written card. I hope all is well with the Gallery and that you have a successful exhibition.With much appreciation, Claudia
Just in from NW artist Don Nisbett.
“Vermillion” original watercolor by Don Nisbett.
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Grace note received:
“I can’t thank you enough for accepting my artwork into your gallery. Your warm and welcoming demeanor was such a pleasant experience. I look forward to future interactions. Thank you for representing my encaustics.” Claudia Johns