Clair Daney



“Any object, intensely regarded, may be a gate of access to the incorruptible eon of the gods.”
James Joyce, ULYSSES

Conceptually, there is nothing complicated about my work. My goal is always the same: to capture the emotional world of my sitter. The women in these pictures are at turns bold, wistful, uncomfortable and confrontational. If it’s true that every portrait is a self-portrait, I can never be sure if the feeling I’m struggling to catch and fix is my subject’s, my own, or a momentary blending of the two.

These paintings are dedicated to Bob Horn; beloved artist’s artist, “creative quiet storm,” Ireland expert, patron of cat videos, and my teacher for more than 10 years. As a trusted mentor, Bob shared a life’s philosophy I could really subscribe to. He seemed to understand the artist’s environment as a quiet, life-affirming space, the act of contemplating a painting like being in an altered state. Thanks for everything, Bob; you opened the door for so many of us.