Claire graduated with a BFA in painting and drawing in 2018-- and after spending several years working in an office, she decided it was time to pursue her passion! She graduated her apprenticeship in August 2022 and is excited to expand her portfolio. Her personal artwork has always centered around illustrative realism, and she hopes to continue pursuing this style with her tattoos. She loves working in black/grey, with pepper shading and fine lines. She's also interested in botanical designs, portraits, and anything inspired by neotraditional and art nouveau styles. When she isn't tattooing, she loves hanging out with her toy poodle Tarot and her cat Ouija, playing cozy games on her switch, and watching trash TV with her partner Rian.
2022-Present: Artist at Lucky Goose Tattoo
2013-Present: Visual Artist, self-employed. Responsible for the promotion of my career by creating and selling original and commission-based artwork.
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.
Apprentice At Lucky Goose Tattoo, Kennesaw, GA (Mentor Heather Pendlington)
Grand Central Atelier, Long Island City, NY (workshop with Colleen Barry)
Grand Central Atelier, Long Island City, NY (workshop with Gregory Mortensen)
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)
"Wet Paint" 2019 Show, Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, Online (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, "Wet Paint" 2019 Show, Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, Online
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.
"Check Out Claire Pursley's Artwork." VoyageATL. Link: http://voyageatl.com/interview/check-claire-pursleys-artwork/
"Wet Paint" 2019 show." Colors of Humanity Art Gallery. Link: https://www.colorsofhumanityartgallery.com/Wet-Paint-2019/Wet-Paint-2019-Show/n-kqLWJS
Cox, Caroline. Established Marietta gallery mixes things up with new opening 'POPstart.’ Creative Loafing, Atlanta, GA. Link: https://www.creativeloafing.com/article/20834940/established-marietta-gallery-mixes-things-up-with-new-opening-popstart