Sit Down With Our November '20 Featured Artist

Claudia Drexhage

Instagram /  @claudiadrexhage
Featured Artist /  November 2020 ScrawlrBox 

I’m an artist living in the north of Germany. As an optician, working in the field of visual merchandising, compositions, shapes and expression through colours are an important topic in my daily life.

I am very passionate about watercolour. I love that it’s so unpredictable, immediate, vibrant and honest. How you think and feel will be visible in your watercolour paintings.

With using several techniques I developed my own style necessary to effectively communicate my impressions. Feeling a deep connection with nature, watercolour allows me to reflect my emotions as well as to express the poetic impressions rich, wild, silent beauty of the visible and invisible landscapes. 

What do you love most about what you do?

What I love most about my work is the process of painting- being in the flow- the mental state of being completely present and fully immersed in a task.

How do you stay motivated and inspired?

I try not to put too much pressure on myself- mostly I gather inspiration while spending time outside in nature or listening to music and reading a book.

If humans lost the ability to see all colour except one, which colour would you want to survive?

If I had to choose one surviving colourI would choose Indigo. It’s so versatile, generates contrast and represents the colour of the ocean to me.

Have you always known you wanted to be an artist?

I didn’t always know that I wanted tobe an artist- but I have always been interested in things like design, forms and compositions. Two years ago I discovered my passion for painting.

If you were an art supply, what would you be and why?

If I had to be an art supply I would choose to be acrylic ink- it’s so smooth and fluently, but yet it’s colour can be very vibrant and intense.

What’s the best thing about being an artist?

What I love about being an artist is the possibility to learn a lot about life and myself.

Are there any artists that you look up to?

There are several artists I admire - some of my favourites are Nicolas Lopez, Xavier Swolfs, Liliane Goossens and Angelo Gorlini.

Do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring artists?

Always try to listen to your own heart - to your own voice.

What inspires you?

The fascinating nature all around me and the worlds inside myself are my inspiration.

As featured in the November 2020 ScrawlrBox

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