About Me 🙂
Hello! I'm Claudia Sloan, a self-taught artist, author-illustrator, designer & engineer, currently living my dream as entrepreneur in the heart of Silicon Valley.
My art training began as a child through a variety of art projects, a few classes, workshops, self-help books and the old-fashioned experimentation. I maintained my passion for the arts primarily as a hobby for more than 20 years while pursuing a professional career in the private and public sectors. My formal training includes degrees in Graphic Design, Computer Science and a Master's in Business Administration with additional training and work experience in Marketing and Communications and certifications in Project Management.
About My Artwork
Each piece I make is unique and gets my undivided attention, and TLC. My artwork is inspired by nature and my own adventures and dreams. I like to create pieces that evoke positive thinking, lots of smiles, and generally happy feelings. This is what I call "my happy magic".
Abut My Art-Making Process
Lately I've been working primarily with digital tech and watercolors. But I also work with oil & acrylic paints, inks, gels, glitters, and anything that sparks a light for me...and often a mix of them. I also work with digital tools including photography, video and animation. My art-making process usually starts with a simple sketch capturing my idea. After several more detailed sketches I follow with research, close observation and photographs which I use to create my base composition - this sometimes becomes a digital collage. Then I choose a medium to work with and draw the main parts to begin the actual painting. I love the thrill of exploration and discovery, therefore I try not to box my artwork into any specific label, category or classification.
Pet Art & Remembrance Paintings
My ongoing work includes pet art commissioned paintings (portraits of your loved pet in your chosen medium and style from my portfolio); and memorial pet paintings (these are commissioned paintings of remembrance for lost pets celebrating their lives and the very special relationship you had with them).
In 2017 I worked primarily in "La Cenicienta Collection”. A series of paintings about a clever Weimaraner Dog exploring the world the way only Weims do - full of curiosity, love and mischief!
In 2016, I worked primarily in watercolor paintings for children's books which I co-authored and later translated to Spanish. The first book was published in early 2018.
Also in 2016 I made a Silicon Valley-style tribute collection to Princess Leia (Carrie Fischer, RIP). I actually started this set in early December as I was anxiously awaiting Rogue One (Star Wars' latest movie at that time and the exciting Spectacles). A couple of the paintings in the set were created as I grieved the loss of such an amazing Hollywood icon - Carrie Fisher paved the way for all the other female actresses who today can play heroic roles!
In 2015 I worked primarily in the "Santa Barbara Fairies". The paintings in this series are about the magical world I experienced while living in Santa Barbara.
Earlier works are not in series but I'll be including some of them in this online gallery over the next few months.
Request a Quote 🙂
I am available for commissioned artwork, art and business workshops, public speaking, digital art, photography, video production, and marketing free-lance projects. If you have creative work needs, let's get in touch!