The Pine Center for the Arts welcomes Todd Clercx as October’s featured artist.
A native of St. Paul, Clercx has been an artist since childhood. “Painting and/or making art has always been a basic need since childhood. I want to record the emotions of people and places that I know well. Most, if not all, of my work is based off that desire,” Clercx said.
“I have a strong relationship with these subjects, and each painting has its own journey that I must be aware of,” he continued. “Knowing when to stop working on a piece is by far the hardest mental wrestling match around. Listening to my gut feelings and trusting my instincts have taken decades to learn and appreciate. I treat my art as I do an important relationship–I don’t cheat on it, I’m honest to it, and I love it passionately.”
Clercx, a teacher at Roseville Senior High School, currently lives on a small ranch in Wyoming with his family. He draws inspiration from the people and world around him, capturing moments that would most likely be forgotten.
Clercx’s work “captures moods and emotions by using crude brush strokes as evidence of the creative process and paying close attention to light and shadows. Capturing the essence of a person or place is the goal, and honesty is essential.”
Clercx’s exhibit will include portraits, landscapes and paintings of classic cars.
The gallery will open on Friday, October 13 at the Pine Center for the Arts. A special ‘Art After Work’ reception will be held from 4-7 p.m. in the gallery space at 265 5th Street SE. The public is invited for this free event to drop by for wine and light appetizers and an opportunity to meet the artists.