Tobi Clement's love of Nature drew her to explore the New Mexico landscape, where, after various creative careers, led her to pursue fine art. Chaser of the light, Tobi's primary site for plein air painting has been at The Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, referenced in most of her finished pieces. Upon arriving to the Southwest and discovering the afore-mentioned Refuge, she found herself in awe of the unique light and magnificent vistas, waterways and big skies it provides, with highly dynamic light that continually changes through the day and the seasons.
In July 2016, Pleinair Magazine selected one of her paintings to be included in an editorial about clouds and skies. In 2018 Southwest Art Magazine printed a full page editorial declaring her an emerging artist to watch. She has since been included in numerous editorials, most notably, the cover and an 8-page article in the French pastel magazine, "Practiques Des Artes". This led to the invitation to be included in an exhibition in France featuring American women pastelists.
Since then, Tobi has become internationally recognized for her pastels as well as for her masterful teaching abilities. Ever more popular as a teacher, Tobi's skill at capturing the light in skies has catapulted her popularity to be among the highest ranks with her peers.
The current collection focuses on the interaction between positive and negative light: “I am intrigued by the ephemeral time when light meets dark. It’s a never-ending romance expressed with endless arrangements of color and form. Sometimes the light can be explosive, climatic, and dramatic, but other times it caresses with a quiet and tender persuasion. I am pulled into this endless romance, as a voyeur watching breathlessly to see what might unfold.” The fiery New Mexican sky is unmistakable in these richly colored works, and their emotional intensity captures the viewers’ attentions - and their hearts.
I continuously find myself mesmerized by the ever-changing luminous light, colors and cloud forms of the New Mexico sky.
When painting plein air in New Mexico, I am rewarded with unexpected moments of life that unfold, and incredible, ever-changing skies and clouds. It is a gift to feel a connection to something that is a part of, but greater than, me. I welcome the respite of silence and contemplation. The blessing of this connection is an expressive painting that captures the limitless and expansive quality of the Southwest landscape, and invites the viewer to share in this gift.