Clare Elsaesser

California-based painter Clare Elsaesser‘s work is both ethereal and edgy. My favorites are her portraits, which often feature women and focus on their hair, limbs, and posture more than their face. It feels feminine and hopeful; she’s got a knack for portraying the essence of a woman. Also, I want to live in her color palette, full of soft primaries and rosy neutrals with a few vivid saturated brights thrown in for fun.

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I started following her on Instagram, as you do, and the house she shares with her artist husband looks pretty dreamy, too. Which just makes me like her even more (enter: my total love-hate relationship with social media).

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