Claire Goldrick is featured poster artist for Art in the Garden Festival

Claire Goldrick is the featured poster artist for the second annual Art in the Garden Festival and will also be one of the artists participating in the show. 

Her poster painting, “Dancing Breezes,” features the El Rancho Pinoso mountain backdrop with beautiful horses dancing in the meadow in the foreground. El Rancho Pinoso is the perfect setting for her majestic Colorado landscapes.

Claire began drawing and painting at age 7 while growing up in Albuquerque, N.M. Traveling with family to galleries in Santa Fe and Taos inspired her to perfect her talent and, in the process, realize her interest in painting horses as a focal point. At age 15, she began painting commissioned horse portraits for breeders in New Mexico. At the same time, she had a lucrative sideline doing portraits of classmates for their parents.

Claire began her formal training in 1989 when she took an oil painting workshop from California artist Roy Andersen in Scottsdale, Ariz. She also gained prominence as a rodeo, horse show and sports photographer.  After a decade, her steady artistic pursuit in shows and galleries began to pay off.  Her work is now found in collections throughout the U.S. and in some foreign countries.

Claire Goldrick’s love of subject matter for paintings ranges from equine scenes to fly fishing and water and landscapes to historical portrayals, many featuring Lewis and Clark. She has lived in Idaho, Montana, Colorado and New Mexico, providing her with endless material for painting ideas.

After 32 years in Pagosa Springs, Claire and her husband moved in 2007 to Fredericksburg, in the Texas hill country, to be closer to family. You can see Claire’s work at Lantern Dancer in Pagosa Springs, the Fredericksburg Art Gallery in Fredricksburg, Texas, and the Pondersosa Art Gallery in Hamilton, Montana. She participates in numerous annual shows throughout the west. She will have pieces on display and for sale at Art in the Garden 2009 and will also be painting plein aire.

Art in the Garden 2009 will take place Saturday, Aug. 15, from 3 to 7 p.m. at El Rancho Pinoso in the Upper Blanco Basin.  Claire’s painting, “Dancing Breezes,” will be the featured poster for purchase this year. Tickets for this event will go on sale the first of June. The public is invited to attend this occasion in a beautiful Archuleta County mountain ranch setting complete with great food, talented musicians and wonderful art. All proceeds support the Community United Methodist Church (CUMC) Community Assistance Fund which aids the needy in Archuleta County regardless of religious affiliation.  There will be 15 artists displaying their work at Art in the Garden and all art will be for sale by cash or check. Thirty percent of all art sales go to the CUMC Community Assistance Fund.

For more information, please go to our Web site: http://pagosaartinthegarden.com.


Photo courtesy Claire Goldrick
“Early Routine” is an oil painting by Claire Goldrick, featured poster artist for this year’s Art in the Garden Festival. Art in the Garden 2009 will take place Saturday, Aug. 15, at El Rancho Pinoso in the Upper Blanco Basin.  Claire’s painting, “Dancing Breezes,” will be the featured poster for purchase this year.