Cassandra Clapper is a twenty-two-year-old artist from New Milford, Pa. She currently attends Keystone College and will graduate with her bachelor of arts degree in visual art with a concentration in painting this spring.
Her father was a carpenter and a marine, and he made drawings as a hobby, serving as Cassie’s first artistic inspiration. Since that time, she’s been fascinated with, and has studied visual art. As a part of her high school art class, she had a drawing featured in a student exhibition at the Everhart Museum in Scranton.
Her current work is focused on portraiture of family and friends in black and white and color. In the future, she plans to continue painting but also work with digital media, and she would like to help others learn to express themselves through a variety of artistic mediums.
The first time I can remember, my face was being drawn by my father on a whiteboard with markers. His passion to make it perfect was clearly evident. He inspired me to become an artist because he thought I had passion to make it a career. He passed away when I was nine years old, and I struggled with his passing. I have made it my greatest goal to become an artist for him and for me. I just hope my father is proud of me.
I’ve sketched more than I can say. I drew in every class in school. I’ve always loved what my brain can make appear on paper. I work with both color and black and white images, and I enjoy how both are expressive in different ways. I like how the pencil and brushes feel on paper or canvas, and seeing how my ideas come to life. There is a feeling of accomplishment when a work is finished, and it makes me feel like what I do is valuable. In addition to painting, I also enjoy working with hand built ceramics, printmaking, and parts of digital art such as animation and photography. Art is calming, it’s my safe haven and a great way to cope.
Get to know Keystone's talented senior visual art students as they prepare for their senior exhibition, "Feminine Gaze." Their dedication and hard work has brought them to this launching point in their careers as professional artists.
They have spent years honing their skills in preparation for their professional debut. The show will feature painting, sculpture, glass, photography, and ceramics.
Location: AFA Art Gallery, Scranton, PA
Exhibit Opening: April 7, 2023
Exhibit on display: April 7-April 29
The gallery’s regular hours are Thursday through Saturday, 12-6 p.m.
Senior Exhibition Artists