Claire Bigbee is an artist and graphic designer living in Wells, Maine. She studied graphic design and painting at Maine College of Art in Portland.
Bigbee takes her inspiration from the grandeur of southern Maine’s varied landscapes and changing seasons. To Claire, coastal views, salt marsh settings, and cows grazing in pastoral fields reflect Maine’s unlimited ranges of color and light. Though she often works en plein aire, Bigbee works intuitively and strives to let her work "arrive at its essence by staying open to the possibilities" that emerge spontaneously while the painting is underway. Whether capturing a moment in time or reflecting a remarkable spectrum of colors, there is a distinctive energy and harmony in her art.
Bigbee has taken workshops with renowned artists Anne Packard & Cynthia Packard, Robert Henry & Selina Trieff and Maine artists Stan Moeller, Henry Isaacs and Holly Ready. Her work is shown a great deal locally and throughout northern New England. Bigbee has been represented by the Van Ward Gallery since 1993.