Award winning artist Clara Gilfus Hada grew up in Upstate New York and spent her youth drawing and painting near Cayuga Lake. While Clara majored in nursing in college; she realized very early in her nursing career that her true passion was painting. Clara received a degree from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and continued training in art while maintaining dual careers as an artist and a nurse for several years. Since Clara made the transition to full time artist, her work has been displayed in multiple juried exhibits, galleries and shows resulting in local, national and international sales and recognition. Clara finds inspiration for her paintings in people, in nature, and in every day life. Her preferred medium is oil, but also works in acrylic and watercolor. A casual style, with an emphasis on vivid color and shadow and light are the foundation of her collection of work that includes landscape, portrait, floral, and still life paintings.