Claire EmeryClaire Emery is an artist, naturalist, and educator. She has lived in New England, a Texas suburb, the Alaskan wilderness, and currently makes her home in Missoula, Montana at the base of the North Hills and within a half mile of Rattlesnake Creek. View recent press coverage >>

Claire experiences and processes the world creatively. Intensely curious and introspective, she engages with the world deeply, noticing details that many others simply pass by. Since her uncorrected eyesight is terrible, she rejoices in both the miracle of being ABLE to see, and the miracle of NATURE and CULTURE that she is able to see. As a result her work is full of gratitude, honoring both the spirit and the mystery of wild and working landscapes.

She began her journey as an artist in second grade, drawing endless fountains on the edges of her papers in school. In college, she spent hours wandering in the mountains with a field journal and pen in hand, recording observations and reflections on mushrooms, beaver, elk, from spring’s first rosettes and tracks in the mud to entire mountain ranges rippling under day’s last light.

Having discovered the joy of observing the fine details of the world, she pursued a graduate degree in Natural Science illustration from University of California in Santa Cruz. Since 2000, she has worked as a scientific illustrator, illustrating several books, posters, interpretive signs and publications. Her clients include W.W Norton, the New York Botanical Garden, Montana Audubon, US Forest Service, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, California State Parks, Mountain Press, and Orion Magazine. She recently created over 200 botanical illustrations for the Flora of Montana which is coming out in 2012.

Her current work focuses on transforming her field sketches, observations of place, and reflections on the spiritual journey into wood engravings and woodcuts. Using a variety of carving tools, she carves away at the woodblocks, drawing images out of the darkness of the wood and into the light. Her bold and exquisitely detailed woodcuts are sought by collectors around the country.

Claire’s mission is to convey the beauties and mysteries of nature through art and education. She spends part of every day outdoors watching, listening and attending to the nuances of the seasons as they flow by.

Claire has taught students ages 4-94 in many places in Montana including the Missoula Art Museum, the Master Naturalist Program at the Montana Natural History Center, Montana Audubon, the Teller Wildlife Refuge, the University of Montana Wilderness and Civilization Program, UM Printmaking Department, Project WET, as well as schools and nature centers in Alaska, Massachusetts and California. She especially enjoys working with elementary, high school and college students as an Artist in Residence in schools across Montana, funded in part by the Montana Arts Council. Please contact Claire for her current programs and for inquiries about workshops or residency programs in the schools.

Claire is also an avid gardener, canner, baker and cook most well-known for her hot cross buns and fiery salsa. She loves singing harmony with her husband Jim, playing old time fiddle music and rolling out the blues on the piano.

Email: claire@emeryart.com
Telephone: 406-728-7910
P.O. Box 8656
Missoula, Montana 59807


Greeting cards offer artists more opportunities to sell work
Missoulian, July 7, 2012

Missoula costume parade kicks off week of documentaries
Missoulian, May 6, 2012