Graves is a painter and mixed media artist whose work has been
widely exhibited throughout North America. Trained as a graphic
designer, she has focused on fabric arts including painting on silk and
the creation of fabric collages.
Clara began painting on silk in 1999 and soon began to study with leading artists who inspired her to render both realistic and abstract images. Her work includes vibrant floral painting and evocative abstract images that resonate freedom, surprise and serenity. Clara balances her silk painting with explorations in collage, and for some pieces, she has combined painted silk with found objects, free-motion quilting and reverse appliqué.
Clara began her
career as a graphic designer in the days when cold type and manual
mechanicals were the standard form for making publications, advertisements
and books. Her career as a
graphic designer included work in Washington, D.C.'s leading graphic arts
studios and advertising agencies.
a long-time designer of books, Clara made the transition to using
computerized design tools, but missed the "hands-on" feel of
working directly with the media and with colors and textures that one
could touch, prod and position - by hand - to create pleasing and thought