Inspired by Alaska's First People, Claire's (1920-1998) bold, intuitive canvases capture daily life and rugged self-reliance in an unforgiving arctic. She was raised in Depression-ear Brooklyn, where she trained as a sculptor and painter. A war bride, she and husband Joe Fejes sought adventure and fortune in the far north, making their home in Fairbanks, Alaska for over fifty years. Claire found her passion and artistic purpose in Alaska's smallest villages and hunting camps. Her paintings, made over five decades and capturing a way of life few people on earth experience today, are collected worldwide.
Claire's books, limited edition prints, sketches, watercolors and oils are featured at the Alaska House Art Gallery in Fairbanks.