Discipline: Visual Art – painting

Claire McConaughy

Discipline: Visual Art – painting
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Claire McConaughy is a visual artist whose work explores painting and landscape through expressive color and mark making. With a combination of painted passages and fluidly drawn lines, she creates layered imagery of interlaced trees, branches, and visions of woods. The layers and light in the paintings create spatial tensions and surprising metaphors.

Claire spent her time at MacDowell making large scale oil paintings and studies. Working from the scenery of MacDowell, trees, and other images, she continued her exploration of landscape, space, mystery, humanity, and beauty through painting.



Claire McConaughy worked in the Heinz studio.

The icehouse, built of fieldstone in 1914–1915, was a practical part of Marian MacDowell’s plan for a self-sufficient farm. Winter ice cut from a nearby pond was stored here for summer use on the property. Idle since 1940, it was a handsome but outdated farm building. In 1995, Mrs. Drue Heinz, a vice chairman…

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