Clapp knew from her first box of crayolas that art would always be a part of her world – and except for a few lapses, it has been. She attended the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art in her home state of NJ, where she was encouraged to value art and was told there she had been given a talent, with which came a responsibility to develop it. She took that early advice to heart and has pursued art as much as she could ever since. Before “life got in the way” and the demands of single parenthood precluded her from continuing painting for some time, Clapp was accepted into the prestigious Society of Animal Artists which combined her two favorite things – painting and animals. She was mentored by Richard Hauser for years, and has participated in many workshops in the US and Mexico, most notably with landscape painter Ann Templeton. After moving from New Jersey to Hilton Head, Clapp returned to an earlier love of the theater, where she painted sets and built props for the Hilton Head Playhouse, the Hilton Head Ballet, several productions at Main Street Theatre and the Hilton Head Community & Youth Theatre. She is currently a member of Lowcountry Plein Air Painters and the Society of Bluffton Artists.
Clapp’s vibrant colors and impressionist style create exciting compositions of many subjects, from still lifes to lowcountry landscapes to her beloved animal subjects, in a variety of media that are sure to capture the viewers’ attention and imagination.
The SOBA gallery is open from 10 until 5 pm Monday – Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am – 3 pm, and is located at the corner of Church and Calhoun Streets in Bluffton.
For more information call 843-757-6586.