Artist Claiborne Riley at Palette

Richmond artist Claiborne Riley’s bold, graphic and colorful paintings showcase her eye for design and exacting composition. Abstract landscapes and shapes inspired by nature feature her definitive focus on geometric shape and saturated color.

An undergraduate degree in studio art with a focus on printmaking, a Masters from Virginia Commonwealth University’s renowned Brand Center and a career as an Art Director at the highly creative Martin Agency, all influence Claiborne’s stylistic and structured approach to her craft.


Claiborne has painted for over 20 years, but began her professional career as a painter while working with friends and clients as an interior decorator. This soon led to the sale of her art and over time the immediacy and love of making paintings became her primary focus. Her style is broad and wide, but her strong design sense and command of color are always present. She finds beauty in building layer upon layer to make something that has a story, a patina


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