Claudia Rilling is a professional fine artist and faculty member at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, PA. Her art is represented by Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery in downtown San Francisco. Her current work consists mainly of cityscapes and landscapes. These paintings are based on the relationships of planes, light, and color, placed within carefully constructed compositions.
Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Claudia began studying classical drawing and design at the age of sixteen and dedicated herself to learning these principles. Claudia graduated from Boston University's College of Fine Arts where she further developed her drawing and painting skills. After college, she moved to Philadelphia where she worked full-time for Anthropologie Corporation as the assistant to the art department. Following this, she relocated to San Francisco to obtain her MFA degree in painting from the Academy of Art University. She maintains adjunct professor status with the Academy of Art University’s online education program.
When she is not painting Claudia enjoys running, swimming, reading, and cooking. Some of her fondest memories are from the summers she spent in Italy painting the Italian landscape in the “plein air” style.
"Drawn toward the strong visual carrying power of the simple shapes I see in my surroundings, I am inspired by these in my cityscape and landscape paintings. My work is a balance of light, color, and subtle graphic arrangement of shape.
To produce rhythm and order, I involve myself in the process of visual problem-solving. My work consists of carefully composed intervals of planes, form, and light. By relating each of these elements, I strive to create a visual conversation intended to make my compositions harmonize. The implementation of many right angles provides tranquility, while the diagonal relationships create a dynamic symmetry. The long horizontal rectangles and squares that I often gravitate toward are reflections of my vision. Beginning each painting with an intuitive sense of the subject’s potential beauty, I then apply more formal ideas, organizing and editing what I see in an attempt to convey my initial response on a two-dimensional plane.
As well as drawing inspiration from my environment, I look to history. A few of my influences are Piero Della Francesca, Corot, Degas, Morandi, and Euan Uglow"
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