"Like most artists, I draw what inspires me... what makes me feel good.. which in turn, hopefully, does the same for the viewer. I start with taking lots of pictures, then I sketch a drawing on paper, and finally I redraw everything on the computer while keeping uneven shapes and providing a natural organic, silkscreened look".
"I lived in San Francisco for 23 years where I met my soulmate and moved to Maine. We got married at Marshall Point Lighthouse and that inspired me to draw life on the New England Coast".
“When I get up just before sunrise, I look at the sky and if it is glorious with dabs of yellow and orange and accented magenta clouds... I think... what would it be like at Pemaquid Point Light or some other lighthouse at this very moment?”
Influenced by American realist painter Edward Hopper and European travel posters of the 1920’s, Alan Claude's challenge was to create an original series with a certain freshness of expression. Throughout the 20th century only a handful of lighthouse travel posters were ever made. "I wanted to reflect in this series the way I felt about lighthouses." Working in various mediums including pen & ink, photography, and digital illustration, the Lighthouse Collection Series is a way to honor these national historical treasures.
Alan Claude greatly admired the American realist painter Edward Hopper because of his brilliant use of light and shadow, along with stark empty spaces. Other influences were early 20th century poster artists and pop artist Robert Indiana. In August 2004, Alan and his wife Erin visited with him at his Vinyl Haven island home. Robert Indiana gave a them a private tour of his works and discussed art and life. The visit inspired Alan Claude to search further to find his own “voice” or style in art.
METHOD AND PROCESS
"Working in various mediums including pen & ink, photography, and digital illustration, my challenge was to create an original series with a certain freshness of expression. I wanted to reflect in this series the way I felt about lighthouses.The Travel Poster Lighthouse Collection is a way to honor these historical treasures."