The Gazebo at the Library by Claire Shickora

Claire Shikora

Born and raised in Central New Jersey, Claire grew up loving the night sky and being outdoors.  Being of a shy, reserved nature, during her secondary school years she turned to plein air painting to express her emotions and feelings and, upon graduating from high school and after a brief stint in nursing school, she re-engaged her artistic side and enrolled in the Ducret School of Art in Plainfield where she caught the “photography bug”.  On off-days, she commuted to New York to take courses at the New York Institute of Photography, but ultimately Claire graduated from Mercer County Community College in Trenton with a degree in Data Processing (now referred to as Information Technology) and spent the next 25 years designing and developing software for New York City financial Institutions.  She often jokes that her successful “tech” career was due to her inherent creativity – that the systems she designed and the code that she produced were “works of art”.

Today, as a 2023 graduate of NYIP with a certificate in Digital Photography, Claire shoots exclusively with Canon gear and is focused on photographing Landscapes, Nature, and the Night Skies and, in her continuing quest for inspiration and education, she has enrolled in “Master Classes” and participates whenever possible in photography workshops and photoshoots related to her interests.

Currently living in the Pocono Mountains of rural Northeast Pennsylvania, Claire belongs to the Wayne County Arts Alliance, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, and the Pocono Heritage Land Trust and is a member of the Pocono Photo Club and her photos have both won and placed in juried contests and have been exhibited in local galleries.

“The Gazebo at the Library”