Artist Statement

My work consists of representational images in which I interpret my perception of the world around me. I am drawn to nature as subject matter and attempt to reflect its quiet sensitivity and effortless harmony.  My images are a personal and focused view of nature that reveals its complexity and color’s inherent emotional properties. 

Recently I have been focusing on the figure as subject matter at ease in an everyday and commonplace setting.  I am attracted to the lack of affectation and unassuming pose and manner of the figure.  The lack of pretense and banality of the image which, although familiar, is still visually engaging through color and creates a new sentimentality.


Claudia Newman was born in El Salvador and has been a resident of Miami, Florida since 1980 where she is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Painting at Florida International University.  She creates soulful representational images that feature a close analytical examination of the subject yet remain emotional and intimate.  She draws inspiration from nature’s simple beauty and her approach relies heavily on observation and drawing.  Her images are not overly busy but lend themselves to a visually engaging interpretation through color.  

Though she graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Photography, she has found a true medium of expression in oil painting.  She participated in the Deering Estate H2O Spring Exhibition in 2010, and was Best in Show in the National Arts Program, City of Miami Beach Employees and Families in 2009, as well as producing several private commission works.  Most recently she was named finalist in the South Florida’s organization Women In The Visual Arts in 2021.


At Ease 1, 2020, 30 x 24 inches, Oil on canvas
At Ease 2, 2021, 30 x 30 inches, Oil on canvas
At Ease 3, 2021, 30 x 24 inches, Oil on canvas
Crotons-3, 2019, 20 x 24 inches, Oil on canvas
Crotons-4, 2019, 20 x 24 inches, Oil on canvas
Trees, 2020, 36 x 30 inches, Oil on canvas
The Artist’s Father, 2020, 24 x 20 inches, Oil on canvas