“Painting, for me, is an instrument of personal transformation. It is an avenue of growth for the evolution of my spirit. This process allows for the freedom to explore new ideas and challenges in the pursuit of my visual integrity. It is an ever-evolving expression of making choices and taking risks while inviting openness for finding better solutions—trust, letting go, giving up control and preconceptions; thereby creating something greater and less contrived, often more powerful than what I had originally conceived,” says Claudia Cappelle. Her appreciation for art began at an early age with visits to the Art Institute of Chicago.