I am inspired by the wild world of nature with its mix of color and shapes. Art is my expression to explore and claim 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, connecting inner and outer world into a whole. Humans are tool makers and mark makers. The medium alters the message and style of creations.
I work with mixed media including watercolor, acrylic, encaustic, collage, 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 a Bachelor of Art Degree from Colorado State University. He has a Masters Degree and completed graduate studies at The University of Colorado and Master’s Institute. He has studied art with Skip Lawrence, Christopher Schink, Katherine Chang Liu, Alex Powers, Frank Francoise, Tom Owen, Frank Francise, and Gwen Fox, among others.
Nard has taken on a variety of roles from government employee to business owner. He has been a wilderness guide, ski instructor, carpenter, and commercial photographer. Nard works with several non profits to promote the environment, arts and community.
Nard is a member of Manitou Arts Council, Pikes Peak Arts Council, Fine Art Center and Manitou Art Center. He is also involved withthe Pikes Peak Watercolor Society, Colorado Watercolor Society.