Claudia’s work looks best printed very large on high gloss aluminum, it’s very versatile because of custom sizing – Jack Summers owner of Lovetts Gallery.
Claudia Patrick, although an Oklahoma immigrant, has been ensnared by the vast open spaces that still exist in Oklahoma and the Mid & Southwest. Having approached Lovetts Gallery in 2006 with a small portfolio of impressive Oklahoma panoramas, Claudia has grown into a thing of wonder. She has photographed, produced, and sold multiple extremely large scale images on canvas, including an 11′ x 4′ panorama of the Tall Grass Prairie. She has found her calling while working as an instructor and living in Tulsa, OK.
Initially only interested in the panoramas, Claudia has very wisely supplemented her time in between printing with spectacular macro focus floral photography. Amazingly captivating, these images provide funding for the larger, more adventurous projects, such as her 2′ x 7′ “Queen of the Tulsa Skyline!”
“How does one photograph a 360 degree, uninterrupted horizon line? I would stand in the middle of a field and try to wrap my head around the space, look for a suitable frame. It was this problem of trying to capture the openness of it all that one day made me aware that the space I was thinking of as empty was in fact just the opposite. It was teaming with a complex and interrelated flora and fauna that was at once virile and delicate. This changed my whole way of looking at the space. Eventually, this approach evolved to include photographing certain interiors as well, such as greenhouses with interesting architectural elements and diffuse lighting, or warehouses filled, over time, with seemingly unrelated items.
After graduating from Old Dominion University with a BS in Psychology, I began working and taking photography classes at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. As an inner-urbanite, I focused primarily on the interesting juxtaposition of the old and the cutting-edge architecture being erected right next to some of the oldest buildings in the area, and the effect this change had on the people who lived in the center of the city, the theater district, and Chinatown. The cityscapes of Boston, New York City, and London kept this interest alive for over a decade. I now live in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Perhaps because of living in large cities for most of my life, I find the vast expanses of land outside of the cities here visually intriguing and technologically challenging.”