(1945 - )
For Claudia L. Brookes, art emerged as a second career after many years in the medical publishing business. Although she cannot remember a time when she could not draw and paint with some competence, and always had exposure to art materials and museums thanks to her amateur artist father, she waited until later in life to develop a career as a fine artist. She has pursued a path she calls “selective education,” carefully targeting the classes, instructors, and workshops that would yield the most benefit to her development as an artist. Her primary infuences include the Cape Ann (MA), New Hope (PA), and the California plein air panters of the early 20th Century.
Claudia Brookes has held Signature Membership in the Baltimore Watercolor Society since 2002 and was elected in 2010 to Artist Member status in the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association (MAPAPA). The artist’s growing interest in plein air painting has led to selection as a juried competitor in more than 25 juried competing, including the prestigious Plein Air Easton (Easton, MD) in 2009 and 2008, Wayne Arts Center Plein Air Festival in 2009 and 2015 (Wayne, PA), Mountain Maryland Plein Air 2009, 2010-2012, and 2015 (Cumberland, MD), and Paint Annapolis (Annapolis, MD) in 2007-2012. Most recently, she has extended her plein air competition events to the West, participating in Plein Air Rockies in Estes Park, CO in 2014 and 2015. Her painting, “The Perfect Light,” received an Award of Merit at the Annapolis 2008 event, and also the First Place Award in the Fall 2008 “Timeless Annapolis” exhibit at Maryland Federation of Art. In June 2008 she entered the Gunpowder Falls Plein Air Competition (Northern Baltimore County, MD) and received the Third Runner Up award for her painting, “Foot of Corbett Village Road” from awards judge Nancy Tankersley. Her oil painting, “Mrs. Trimble’s Garden,” was awarded an Honorable Mention by selection/awards judge F. Lennox Campello in the Maryland Federation of Art’s 8th Annual American Landscape exhibition, which received more than 700 submissions nationally; she again had a painting selected for the 10th Annual American Landscape exhibit in 2010. She has been a juried participant of the Havre de Grace Plein Air Competition (Havre de Grace, MD), every year since 2007, where she recieved the Second Place award for her oil painting, “Lock House Light.” She teaches watercolor classes to all levels of students, emphasizing the wet-on-wet techniques for which she is best known. She is represented by The Broadmoor Galleries at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO