Claiborne Riley studied painting and printmaking as an undergraduate and received a masters in Art Direction from VCU. Her background in design is immediately evident in her work, with its very conscious attention to spacial relationship and form. Claiborne finds inspiration in both the natural world and the written word, which find a natural cohabitation in her work. Her process is very active. The pieces are poured and scraped, and go from the floor to the wall, and back again. She builds layer upon layer, relying on the interaction of each to create unanticipated relationships of color and texture. From afar, her work is cohesive and strong and upon closer inspection, she allows the surprise of small moments and unexpected detail to come through.
Claiborne lives and works in Richmond, Va.