Debra Claffey “Orange Bird”
12 x 12 inches, oil, monotypes, encaustic on paper on panel
Debra Claffey is a visual artist who uses encaustic, oil, and mixed media in her work. She holds a BFA in Painting from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Tufts University and an Associate’s Degree in Horticultural Technology from the University of New Hampshire. Claffey’s work has won several awards and, in 2011, she received an Artist Entrepreneurial Grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Debra likes to combine opacity and translucence, scribbled line against an illusion of depth, thick surfaces with pale washes, sometimes carving and scraping back to reveal buried layers.