Valerie Claff is an artist living in the densely forested foothills of Western Massachusetts. Her work has been collected and exhibited widely. Inspiration comes from the land where she lives: from the sweeping views of distant cloud covered ridges, the textures and patterns of plants and minerals, and the mysterious forest surrounding her home.
My home and studio sit in a clearing in a hemlock forest, the surrounding hills offering high views of incoming storms, rising fog and the tops of distant trees. The nearby wetlands and fields catch the mists, and trees are seen through wispy, flowing veils. I am fascinated with fog, mists and storms and the softening of edges they bring. My work is an exploration of atmosphere, space, light, color and the landscape of the Berkshire foothills where I live.