Valerie Claff
My paintings are imagined, archetypal forests, inspired by the land where I live, and the traditional myths and stories rooted in the mysterious forest. They are journeys into the wild woodlands where the numinous spirit of place is encountered.

My home and studio sit in a clearing in a hemlock forest in the foothills of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. Hemlocks were one of the first species of trees to evolve on the earth, and seem to hold an ancient presence. Their deep shade inhibits undergrowth and provides a moist environment where mosses, ferns and amphibians thrive. Bear, moose, coywolf, fox, bobcat, fisher, deer and many other creatures live here. The wild is tangible as manmade sounds are few. My work is an attempt to capture the mystery of the forest, a sense of the wild and unknown, and to bring to life a sense of the narrative traditions rooted in the forest.

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