Artist Biography

Claire Livingston was born in Los Angeles, but moved to Saint Louis, Missouri at a young age.  She developed an interest in art very early on, participating eagerly in her school’s art programs and taking summer courses when available.  Claire took all the drawing and painting classes offered at her high school, participating in and winning several school and local competitions.  She decided to pursue a B.A. in Studio Arts and was accepted to attend Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles.  At the beginning of her studies at LMU, Claire decided to add a second major in Theatre design.  Completing these two majors created a unique skill set with foundations in figure drawing, costume design and construction, set design and construction, and lighting design. 

After working as a costume designer for several film and theatrical productions, Claire decided to refocus on fine art painting.  She applied for and was accepted to the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy.  After almost three years of intensive study with the school in Florence, she transferred to complete her final term with the teachers at the school’s branch in Jersey City, New Jersey. 

The time spent in Italy and New York City instilled an appreciation for craftsmanship and the breadth of textural variety that oil paint has to offer.  From Da Vinci and Raphael to Anders Zorn and Ilya Repin, Claire admires painters who are first and foremost storytellers, but who are also masters of technique. Claire’s work ranges from small detail studies to large, life-size figurative work.  She works from life, enjoying the spontaneity and variety that comes from collaborating with another person.  Claire is currently living and working in San Diego, California.  She is accepting portrait commissions and using the Southern and Central coastal regions of California as sources of artistic inspiration. 

Artist Statement

I have always been most drawn to artwork with which I can empathize.  Often this response comes recognizing a relationship between subjects or subject and viewer.  Sometimes it will be a landscape that successfully communicates what it would feel like to be in that environment; the relationship between human and nature.  In my work I am always looking for the relationship that the viewer will identify with.  While I often work with a figurative subject matter, I look for symbolic and story-telling elements that describe connections such as friendship, dependence, loss and co-existence.  Even in non-figurative work such as landscape and still life, paths through the woods or a glass half empty suggest the presence of human interaction.  I seek to express these relationships in paintings with a visual quality that allows the viewer to forget they are looking at a two-dimensional image and feel the physical and psychological presence of the subject. 

Curriculum Vitae


2017     Certificate in Drawing and Painting, The Florence Academy of Art

               Florence, Italy and Jersey City, NJ, U.S.A.

2013     BA in both Studio Art & Theatre Design, Loyola Marymount University

               Los Angeles, California.  Graduated Cum Laude.

Exhibition Record

2018     FAA Alumni Atelier Fine Arts Show

               Downtown 234 Gallery, Jersey City, NJ

2017     Year End Show, Juried Show

               Florence Academy of Art. Florence, Italy

2013     Drawing Circus, Juried Show, Burns 217 Gallery

               Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

2012     29th Annual Juried Show, Laband Art Gallery

               Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA


2019     Finalist, 14th ARC Salon: International Realism, Juried

2018     Finalist, 13th ARC Salon: International Realism, Juried

2013     Second Place, Drawing Circus, Juried Show, Burns 217 Gallery 

               Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA