Featured Artist Claire Vines

Oil painter Claire Vines presents a selection of artwork that reflects life experience and culture. Find more of her portfolio on her website.


Oil painting of flowers by artist Claire Vines

“Flowers” oil on canvas, 12×16


I was born in Nice, France. As a child when immigrating to the U.S. I could not speak the English language, only French. It was then that I discovered my passion for expression of my internal emotional world through artistic creativity, a way of compensating for the language barrier that prevented me from expressing my emotions with words. 


Oil painting of a home

“Home” oil painting on canvas, 20″ x 24″


Although I was discouraged from pursuing my passion and artistic insights, I nevertheless continued to draw and paint in private. 


Painting of a girl washing her hair

“Girl Washing Her Hair” oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″


At age 16, the same day I completed my first oil painting on canvas, I delivered my son. I raised him, I worked, and I studied. I earned a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and developed an independent practice specializing in trauma and emotional healing. Most importantly, I never stopped painting. 


Painting of an old woman

“Old Woman in Survival Mode” oil on canvas, 36″ x 24″


Connecting my artistic passion with my profession, I continue to develop my interest in the Art of Psychology and the Psychology of Art, where I explore my passion for human emotion through the externalization of creative expression in a deeper and more profound way. 


painting of two boys on Shabbat

“Shabbat Tradition” oil on canvas, 24″ x 36″


I believe that artistic expression is a form of visual conversation between one and oneself, revealing one’s inner emotion in the process. Being aware of this can improve the well-being of an individual at any age. 


Painting of Barcelona, Spain by Claire Vines

“Barcelona” oil on canvas, 48″ x 30″


During my life travels I have learned that art expression is both person-centered and multicultural. This awareness leads to artistic cultural diversity, a universal gift for all people to embrace and celebrate. 


Painting of the coast in Marseilles

“Marseille” oil on canvas, 40″ x 30″


Much of my artwork represents my life journey. As an example, my painting “Marseille” depicts the place where I spent much of my childhood years. Likewise, the paintings which present religious imagery are reflections of the cultural and religious backgrounds that have meaningfully shaped who I am. 


Painting of a rabbi by Claire Vines

“Tradition” acrylic, 16″ x 24″


My goal is to paint a facet of who I am within every work I create, serving as a living manifestation of Picasso’s iconic quote, “All art is a self portrait.” They are words that inspire and guide my artistic expressions to this day.


Claire Vines invites you to follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Want to stay current on cutting edge business articles from Artsy Shark, plus artist features, and an invitation to the next Call for Artists? Click below to sign up for our twice-monthly email. You’ll get all this plus opportunities and special offers that you can’t get anywhere else!

Sign Up For Updates!

Speak Your Mind