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November 11, 2017
Is there anything more poignant, honest, and effortless than nature?
Anything more simple yet enchanting?
I was raised to believe that nature is both the constant and the catalyst for all creative expression. That belief has been my life’s guiding principle as it has been for many before me.
This truth is never more evident than in the case of Claude Monet and his landscape masterpieces. Regarded as one of the early architects of the Impressionist movement, Monet focused his artistic efforts on his unique and very personal interpretation of the world around him. Water Lilies and Wild Poppies Near Argenteuil, Houses of Parliament and the piece that coined the movement, Impression Sunrise, are express evidence that Monet’s subject of choice was always nature.
From my earliest memories of time spent exploring the forests of the north Georgia mountains to my most recent incarnation as a desert dweller in Tucson, Arizona, nature has played a significant role in my world as well. So, when Monet speaks of nature, it connects to a special place in my heart.
My curiosity and desire to explore has not ceased; it has been channelled into my art, my handmade jewelry, Lila Clare Jewelry. I seek to capture the fragility of the flowers and leaves I ran through as a child while paying homage to the arid elegance of the desert cacti I live amongst today. From the near-translucent blue of a gemstone, reminiscent of streams and oceans, to the simple yet delicate shape of a raindrop, I pour my energy into creating pieces that honor nature. Whether draped about your neck or dangling from your ears, it is my hope that Lila Clare Jewelry invokes the same feeling of Earthly connectedness for you as it does for me.
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