A lifelong painter, art instructor, and native Texan, Clair Gaston has been painting and teaching for 20 years in Central Texas. She holds a BFA and an MFA in Painting and Drawing. Her interests focus on natural subject matter, Oil Painting, and Botanical Illustration. Influences on her work include Dutch still life paintings; abstract Expressionism; botanical artists Maria Sibylla Merian and Joris Hoefnagel; early American landscape paintings; gardening; and daily life. Gaston’s work has been featured and shown all around the state of Texas and the East Coast. She works in her studio in Round Rock, and teaches at The Art School and private classes and workshops.
My paintings and drawings focus on our relationship with nature and with ourselves. I'm interested in how we connect and disconnect, every day, with our surroundings and with each other. Natural forms and ordinary objects are metaphors for emotions and actions.