Valerie Claff
I live in a hemlock forest in the densely wooded Berkshire foothills in Western Massachusetts. Hemlocks were one of the first species of trees to evolve on the earth, and seem to hold an ancient presence. My recent paintings are an attempt to capture the wild and mysterious nature of the forest where I live. I do not work from life, but take photographs to help me see from a different perspective. The paintings are imagined, archetypal forests with strange atmospheres and deep mists. I paint in watercolor, manipulating washes and bleeding to suggest mists and vegetation, working in layers, both wet and dry.

The old myths and folk stories from my Celtic and European ancestors are rooted in the enchanted forest, and, as I walk here, it is as if they come alive in a misty theater of mosses, ferns, stone ledges and pools.

Follow me at my blog: www.ravenwoodforest.blogspot.com
and Facebook page: RavenWood Forest Studio of Mythic & Environmental Arts

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