Clare’s mixed media murals are also composed of layers: charcoal, acrylics, and oil. Texturing elements include sand, dirt, glitter, leaf metals, and more. For centuries painters have worked over monochromatic paintings or drawings for a variety of reasons. Clare often completes an under drawing in charcoal before applying paint to keep the inherent energy of drawing alive in the painting process, and as a way of keeping the process visible. Washes and layers of acrylic color are applied before oil paint. Areas of the painting may have many layers and some only two. Dimensional textures and abstract or loose areas are juxtaposed with highly detailed areas. This creates a surface and a composition that viewers can interact with and see something new each time they return.

Detail of Creek in "Integral Spaces"

Detail of “Creek” from “Integral Spaces”, mixed media mural by Clare Hirn for UofL Health Care Outpatient Center

Scenic landscape murals have been popular over many centuries and Clare still finds that to be true amongst her clients. She has designed a series of scenic landscapes that treat some of the more popularly requested subjects. Painted in artist’s acrylic colors in many layers, the paint has a transparent quality. This allows for more interaction with light as it passes through the layers. These murals add new dimension to any interior.

Garden Revery

“Garden Revery”, 7′ x 30′ scenic mural by Clare Hirn

If you are interested in learning more about scenic and mixed media murals in your home, office or public space then feel free to contact Clare or read through the frequently asked questions page.

Public Spaces

Art in public spaces creates a collective attitude, inspiration, and has been shown to reduce stress. Clare has created scenic and mixed media murals for several public spaces in Kentucky. Her murals are a permanent addition to the UofL Health Care Outpatient Center and the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. Each project invites collaboration with her client.

Corporate Art

Corporate art collections help support local artists, provide a welcoming environment to customers, invigorate colleagues as well as define specific areas. Clare's murals and paintings are collected by several area corporate businesses, such as Brown-Foreman, Stites & Harbison and Waterfront Park Place. Clare works with clients to provide a unique look for their space.

Residential Spaces

Clare’s fine art murals create a sense of space in the room and allow individuals to set the tone for their unique residential setting, such as a bathroom, dining area or bedroom. Often painted in veils of color, these murals bring a feeling of light and openness into a room or area. Dining rooms offer ideal opportunity to display the optimum effect.

Studio Paintings

Along with commissions and large site specific artwork Clare also creates original paintings of all sizes in her studio. Examples can be viewed on the gallery page. Feel free to contact Clare to learn more about original artwork or high quality giclée reproductions. Please call and arrange your studio visit!

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