Clif Rippenhagen

CRiptonyte Studios
watercolor and photography

My need to create continues to grow and discover new boundaries. In my work I want to have unanswered questions leaving the viewer to decide. Impressions bordering on the abstract are the messages I want to project in both my photographs and my paintings. Nature and macro photographs stir a passion to appreciate the infinite beauty right in front of our eyes that so often goes unnoticed. Recently I have discovered the transparency and infinite possibilities of watercolors. This process has sharpened my awareness of light, color, texture and shadow. It is the mood and atmosphere that I want to deliver before the subject.

Artist Bio

Clif is a USAF veteran and hails from South Texas where he developed his love for photography at an early age. He is a graduate of The National Camera Institute and has instructed numerous classes on equipment selection and introductory photography. He has traveled throughout the Southwest and Europe. He moved to Durham in 1989 with his family and to Elon in 2006. A few years later his wife challenged him to branch out and try watercolor painting…where he laments that she was right….again! He began his painting discovery process in 2010 with instructor Carolyn Teague at ACC and he has taken instruction from well-known artists Ken Hobson, Tom Lynch and Sterling Edwards to name a few. His work resides in private collections nationwide.

Awards: Small Art Competition BAL 2016 Second place.
Member of the Alamance Arts Council, Alamance Artisan Guild and Burlington Artist League.