ARTIST OF THE MONTH - FEBRUARY 2018
AN INTERVIEW WITH CLAUDIA ..........
What is your idea of happiness?
My idea of happiness is being surrounded by my family and having time to work on my art without interruption. Also seeing my family healthy and happy. My new granddaughter Hypatia also has made me very happy this last month.
What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is having to face a close family member or friend getting terminally sick. Another fear of mine is not being able to maintain my current life style as I grow old. Also losing my marbles.
Which living person do you most admire?
There are many living artists and individuals I admire, but there is no one that stands above the rest.
What is your greatest extravagance?
I love being inspired by other people’s artwork, owning new artwork and displaying those beautiful works in my home I would say is an extravagance I enjoy at this stage of my life.
What is the quality you like most in a friend?
I believe the most important quality I look for in a friend is compassion, honesty and intelligence; Getting older leaves no time anymore for bullshit.
If you could live anywhere on earth, where would that be?
Right were I am. I immigrated over 20 years ago and I have never regretted that decision. Plus, my daughter lives 5 minutes away.
Growing up in an artistic household living without art would be unimaginable for me. My art as its very systematic can sometimes be quite meditative. It calms me and makes me happy. I never believed when I was a child that I had any artistic talent, but in my 40’s art took me by surprise. My paintings are very work intensive and can sometimes take weeks to finish. My style is very recognizable and unique, it developed naturally out of my subconscious; I call it organized chaos. I find that when people see my art they either really love it or don’t get it at all.
Born in Germany in April of 1957, Claudia Lohmann has been exposed to art her entire life. Her father was an artist accomplished in landscapes, architecture, and still life. Claudia immigrated to Canada in 1995 with her husband and three children. In 2004 while managing a modest gallery on Saltspring Island, featuring the art of Richard Jacksties, her own creativity and desire to paint was catalyzed.
With her family’s support and encouragement, she began to experiment with various styles and mediums and has since come to favor acrylic paint on wooden and canvas. Her paintings began with rudimentary geometric shapes in intricate patterns and bold colours in daring combinations. Although still rooted in her beginnings, her style since progressed into an ever more deliberate method featuring bold lineation and tincture with subtle shapes and symbolism. She calls it “Imaginative Geometric Abstract.”
Claudia style has since developed further into abstract paintings that are free from her traditional geometric shapes. Over the past years Claudia has been displaying her art in shows such as Sooke Fine Art Show, Sidney Fine Art Show, in the Federation of Canadian Artist Gallery on Granville Island in Vancouver, at Nanaimo Fine Art Show, and in the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery. In 2015 Claudia became an AFCA member. www.ClaudiaLohmann.com