Happy to be making a presentation about iPad painting at Apple's Flagship Store on Union Square in SF
Happy to be making a presentation about iPad painting at Apple's Flagship Store on Union Square in SF
About Claire Iris Schencke
I create visual jazz on my iPad.
Like jazz itself, my paintings are improvised during live performances.
As a pioneering mobile digital artist, I’ve been invited to present my iPad art at The International Association of Mobile Artists in New York City, at Apple’s flagship store on Union Square in San Francisco, and for the last three years at the Mobile Art Academy held in Palo Alto in the heart of Silicon Valley.  My iPadJAZZart paintings hav also been exhibited at Humboldt State University, LACDA, the Digital Art Museum in Los Angeles, and at the Morris Graves Museum. I have developed a curriculum for beginning and advanced iPad art students. I have given my iPad painting workshops at Humboldt State University, at Eureka Studio Arts and the Mendocino Art Center. My formal art education consists of art history studies at Stockholm University, and fine art studies at College of the Redwoods, Humboldt State University and Konstfack in Sweden.
This transformative new art form has only existed for six years during which time I have had five iPads and created a large portfolio of paintings, and had a lot of fun.

While an international product manager at Apple, I was seated next to Steve Jobs at his 27th birthday party at the Chantilly restaurant in the SF Bay Area. We shared an interest in ergonomic design. I know he would have been thrilled at this innovative combination of technology and fine art.


I have painted on my iPad during live jazz performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival, at the Jazz Center and Yoshi’s in San Francisco, at the Arcata Playhouse, Center Arts at Humboldt State University, Morris Graves Art Museum, and in clubs in Los Angeles and Portland. I have a series of iPad jazz art from three recent Jazz Cruises.

I am a frequent contributor to online forums with a wildly diverse group of mobile digital artists from the whole world. We inspire and challenge each other, tutor each other in new techniques and explore new apps.

What do I like about using the iPad for painting?

The obvious advantage is the portability. Such a powerful computer in such a sleek small package! And how great to not have any mess, fumes or clean up to deal with.

Compared to traditional digital art the magical touch screen makes it such am intuitive  platform.

The apps are inexpensive. Most of them cost less than $10. The fine art apps are multiplying and  becoming highly versatile and professional.  

The easy online connectivity is a new dimension in art. When you have a finished piece of iPad work you can email it, post it to your favorite social media site and to your blog, directly from your iPad.

And of course you can exhibit your fine iPad art on screens, as well as print them on canvas, metal or paper.


Claire Iris Schencke



Vika, Congregation Hall, Vika Lucias, Vika, Dalarna, Sweden 2007

Persimmon’s Garden Gallery, Redway, California  2006

Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Butterfly painting workshop & exhibit, Redding, California 2005

Point Reyes National Seashore, The Butterfly Collection, Red Barn, West Marin, California 2005

Humboldt’s Finest, Nordic Landscapes, Eureka, California 2005

Plaza Design, McKinleyville, California 2003 

Plaza Design, Arcata, California  2005

Garden Gate, Arcata, California 2004 & 2005 & 2009 

North Coast Open Studios, Bayside, California 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009

Piante Gallery, The Glacier Art Project, Eureka, California 2011

PLAZA, Arcata, California 2016



Westhaven Center for the Arts, Contemporary Monotypes, Trinidad, California 2010

Morris Graves Museum for the Arts, Annex Gallery, Lucia paintings, Eureka, California 2008

Stanford Art Spaces, Stanford University, Stanford, California 2007 

The Broome Street Gallery, Brushes with Italy, Soho, New York 2007

HSU’s First Street Gallery, Holiday Invitational, Eureka, California 2006, 2009

Morris Graves Museum for the Arts, Seven, Eureka, California 2003 

Nancy Head’s Studio, Community Reflected, Fortuna, California 2006

The Schwab Center, iPad art, Stanford University, California 2011

The Grove, iPad art, New Haven, Connecticut, 2012   

Humboldt Arts Council and Redwood’s Arts Association, Eureka, California juried shows




Set design for Massage & Peaceful Pregnancy, Super Massage, The New Sensual Massage

and Sensual Massage Made Simple, book and video, by Gordon Inkeles, published by Arcata Arts.

Art director, and coauthor for Ergonomic Living, by Schencke & Inkeles published by Simon & Schuster 

Performance posters for Arcata-McKinleyville high school orchestra 1999 - 2005.



Sensual Massage Made Simple, video, Runner up Best Art Direction - Feature

Action on Film International Film Festival, Pasadena, California, 2010

Take Back The Night contest, poster, 2nd place, College of the Redwoods, California 2008 



Studio Art, Konstfack Art School, Stockholm, Sweden 

Minor in Art History, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

Museum Management, Graphic Arts, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California

Fine art studies with Carl Riise, Gränna, Sweden, Robert Benson, Cindy Hooper, Alan Sanborn, 

Lien Truong, Patricia Sennott, Wayne Knight, California, Christine Debrosky, Venice, Italy.



Stockholm University, MA & Stanford University, MBA


Former arts’ committee chair, Southern Humboldt Economic Development Corporation, Former board member of Humboldt Arts Council, former member of Arcata Artisans, member of HSU’s First Street Gallery, Humboldt Arts Council, The Ink People Center for the Arts, Redwood’s Arts Association, 7 Plus artists collective, Patricia Sennott's Monotype Collective, International Association of Mobile Digital Artists: iAMDA, Arcata Playhouse,  Redwood Jazz Alliance, SF Jazz Center.