Artwork that makes you smile

ahendrix@lsjournal.comMay 3, 2013 

Bright, vibrant color and playful chubby little birds can be found inside the walls of City Hall. Cheerful springtime scenes are now on display by artist Claudia True.

Prior to moving to Kansas City in 2007, True owned galleries and studios in Bakersfield, Calif. She now works from her home studio and teaches private lessons as well as workshops in Calif.

True’s artwork, dubbed as, “art that makes you smile” takes on inspiration from Fauve’s strong use of color, O’Keeffe’s simplified subject matter and fun of Peter Max. “I focus on the really happy things in life, impressionistic art with bright colors,” True said.

Landscapes are one of True’s favorite subjects to paint due to a background as a traveling geologist. Her work is influenced by time spent outdoors in the southwestern United States, parts of Mexico and Indonesia.

“Sometimes you don’t really realize where you get your inspiration…sometimes it’s subconscious,” True said.

From painting lemons in California to apples in Missouri, True continues to find inspiration in food and recipes from friends. She has developed a food and wine calendar that features friend’s recipes and her interpretation of them through paintings. “It’s a visual memory of my pals and their own creative world.”

True’s pieces at City Hall include florals, chubby birds and landscapes in a variety of sizes. Her artwork can be found in City Hall from now until mid-July during regular business hours.

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