Biography, Resume and Artist’s Statement
C. D. Clarke was born in Rochester N.Y. and received his BFA in painting from Syracuse University in 1981. His life long interest in the outdoors, hunting and fishing in particular, has made it a subject for a substantial portion of his work. C.D. prefers to work from life whenever possible, painting in the field, en plein aire.
C. D. Clarke has traveled extensively, painting in the Caribbean, Scotland, England, Hawaii, The Bahamas, Canada, Alaska, Montana, South America, and Russia. His work captures the light and most importantly the feeling of sparkling bonefish flats, misty Scottish salmon rivers, raw windy marshes, icy Chilean alps, warm sunny Argentinean pampas, and other sporting destinations.
Christopher D. Clarke
PO Box 323 / 36 Potterstown Road, Oldwick NJ 08858
Occupation: Professional Artist
Education: 1981 BFA Syracuse University, Painting & Illustration Major
I have always had two strong interests: art and the outdoors. I started out in a program that would have put me into the Forestry School at Syracuse University. After one semester I realized that forestry was chemistry and math, so I turned to art.
I did nothing for three years but paint. It didn’t matter how the paintings turned out, I just did them. I learned everything I could about landscape painting. That’s when I learned to enjoy the process of watercolor. I got a lot out of Syracuse University, but none of the knowledge that I use as a landscape painter came from there, other than maybe basic drawing skills.
All of my knowledge of light and how things are recorded and responded to came from years of working outdoors on location. That’s the most important thing an artist can do. What an artist learns about light and color in the field is indispensable.
I am commissioned by hunters and fishermen who collect sporting art to capture their favorite locations in watercolor and oil. I take four to six major trips each year to sporting destinations all over the world. Many of my paintings are created right on the spot, standing on a rocky beach, in a windy marsh, or on a sparkling flat.
I also record the people and equipment on film so that I can add them to my paintings when I am back in the studio. Working in this manner, I end up with an accurate depiction of the sporting scene. The boats, planes, dogs, rods and guns, as well as the anglers and hunters themselves, are all correct. And the light, colors and feel of the landscape are true to life. At other times I will use the sketches I made in the field along with my reference photos as the basis for a painting completed in my studio under more controlled conditions.