Claire Pursley is an American artist who explores themes of identity through her paintings. Her work has been featured in Georgia-based galleries such as the dK Gallery and the Zuckerman Museum Fine Arts Gallery, where her work has represented a continuation of traditional art practices, while also maintaining a contemporary spirit of self-expression and exploration.


I am a representational painter that is captivated by light and the human figure. I frequently find myself drawn to express human experience and emotion, so my work is based in figurative realism. The familiarity of the subject creates an immediate connection with the viewer. The introduction of light to the figure is used for symbolic as well as aesthetic purposes. In my work, light represents the essence of a person—the truth, not just the appearance, of who they are. In combination, the figure and how it interacts with the light creates a narrative of personal growth and the struggle to discover oneself. As I grow as an artist, I hope to explore and discover the diversity of the complex human figure and how it can express what we often have so much difficulty expressing with words.

"Art after all is but an extension of language to the expression of sensations too subtle for words." Robert Henri




Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree (summa cum laude), Concentration in Drawing and Painting.  School of Art & Design, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA.




School of Art & Design, Kennesaw State University, Montepulciano, Italy. 








Georgia On my Mind, Elkor Art Gallery, Riga, Latvia (Group) 


2019 Pin-Up Show, Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta, GA (Group)

2019 Spring Juried Exhibit, Tannery Row Artist Colony, Buford, GA (Juried)



Visions 35th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, Zuckerman Museum of Art Fine Arts Gallery, Kennesaw, GA (Juried)


Senior Capstone Art Exhibition, Zuckerman Museum of Art Fine Arts Gallery, Kennesaw,  GA (Group)


Honors Capstone Solo Exhibition, Project Studio Gallery, Vinings, GA (Solo)

College Juried Exhibit 2018, The Art Place- Mountain View, Marietta, GA (Juried)


2018 Fall Juried Art Exhibit, Tannery Row Artist Colony, Buford, GA (Juried)


Visions 34th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, Zuckerman Museum of Art Fine Arts Gallery, Kennesaw, GA (Juried)




POPstart, dK Gallery, Marietta, GA (Group)








Honorable Mention, Tannery Row Artist Colony Juried Exhibit, Buford, Georgia.

Dr. Liza Davis Outstanding Capstone Award, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georiga.

Second Place, The Art Place College Juried Exhibition 2018, Marietta, GA




Zell Miller Scholarship, Georgia Student Finance Commission, Tucker, Georgia.


President's List, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia.




Global Learning Scholarship, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia.






Cox, Caroline. Established Marietta gallery mixes things up with new opening 'POPstart.’ Creative Loafing, Atlanta, GA. (Accessed on February 19, 2018) Link:






2013-Present: Visual Artist, self-employed. Responsible for the promotion of my career by creating and selling original and commission-based artwork. 


2014: Designer for Hope Products International. Responsible for creating designs for products on the Hope International website.


2016-2019: Art Instructor at Project Studio. Responsible for instructing art classes, keeping the studio clean, and creating custom orders for studio patrons.

2018-Present: Pet portrait artist at Project Studio. Responsible for creating the likeness of the pets of clients at Project Studio. 


2017-Present: Private Art Instructor. Responsible for teaching drawing and painting basics to private students.








Attendee, Annual Conference: 9th annual The Art of the Portrait conference, Portrait Society of America, Atlanta, GA.








Portrait Artist, Spring Arts Festival, School of Art & Design, Kennesaw State University. Responsible for drawing portraits of attendees.


Setup Assistant, SGCI Conference, School of Art & Design, Kennesaw State University. Responsible for setting up and preparing for the SGCI Conference.