Claire Tollstrup

A painting is never finished - it simply stops in interesting places.
— Paul Gardner


I’m inspired by the local artist community in Salt Lake City, and I love participating in shows, markets, and competitions across the state. I love to travel with my husband and 2 children, exploring new places and taking lots of pictures along the way. I’m inspired by art history, interior design, vintage frames and anything French.


Oil has been my preferred medium for the past 15 years. I’ve enjoyed classes and workshops with many prominent Utah artists who each have varying styles and techniques. I received a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University in Liberal Arts and Sciences, which gave me freedom to study history, drawing, painting, and interior design. Recently I’ve traveled to England and France in small groups of 7 to 9 artists to paint. This has been my favorite form of study, as we teach and learn from each other.


One of my biggest challenges is knowing when a painting is finished, because there are so many beautiful phases in creating. Each painting is unique in its process and journey, and most of the time it will end up a little different from what I had envisioned. My style is impressionistic, my goal is to capture a mood rather than precision. Some of my pieces will take on a deeper meaning, centered around womanhood, growth, or second chances, and some will simply be a representation of the subject.