claire emery wood cuts

Claire Emery - Emery Art

For the past 20 years, Claire has passionately pursued connecting art and conservation in her field sketches, her commissions, her original woodcuts, her teaching programs and in her place-based installations. How to engage people in the wonder and beauty of nature? How to use art as a tool to engage people in the local landscape community and conservation issues? How to catalyze community, both human and ecological, through creative group work and dialogue? These are the questions at the heart of her work in the world.

She has collaborated with a dozen conservation groups, including Glacier National Park, the Montana Osprey Project, California State Parks, Missoula's Garden City Harvest, Montana Audubon, the Community Food and Agriculture Coalition, and the Fire Center at the University of Montana. She is particularly interested in projects involving restoration and vitality: wild places, working landscapes, and personal transformation.

Her current work focuses on transforming her field sketches, observations of place, and reflections on the spiritual journey into woodcuts. Using a variety of carving tools, she carves away at the woodblocks, drawing images out of the darkness of the wood and into the light. Her bold and exquisitely detailed woodcuts are commissioned by conservation organizations and sought by collectors around the country.

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