I am inspired by the wild world of nature with its mix of color and shapes. Art is my expression to explore my whole self. I sink my roots into this world of inter-dependency and interconnections. My work explores the elements of personal perception, place, and presence in the moment.
I merge the world of dreams and shadows with the light of day, the shadow darkness and connecting inner and outer into a whole. Humans are tool makers and mark makers. I connect with my environment as a bike commuter and with a sustainable lifestyle.
I work primarily in dimensional space with mixed media including watercolor, acrylic, encaustic, collage, cold wax, photography and pastel. Simplification of shapes to their essential elements is a core component of my style, connecting the viewer emotionally with the delicate web of life.
Nard Claar has studied Art in workshops and academic settings. He teaches classes and provides demonstrations here and abroad.
Nard has filled a variety of roles from government employee to business owner. He has been a wilderness guide, trip guide, ski instructor, carpenter, and commercial photographer. Nard is a published poet. He works with several non-profits to promote the environment, arts, and community.
Nard is a member of several local and national art groups. He is featured in the Pike’s Peak Library District’s 2011 video “Landscapes of the Mind,” online at http://vimeo.com/26206752.
His work is currently exhibited at 45 Degree Gallery in Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs, Manitou Art Center in Manitou Springs, Michael’s On Main, Sarasota, Florida, and Sevigny Studio Gallery in Anchorage, Alaska, and Encaustic Art Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico.