Hi and a warm welcome!
I am an Australian artist, diver, photographer and conservationist.
I first started scuba diving in my teens and have had a fascination for exploring the underwater world ever since. It is a place of mystery and profound beauty that inspires me every day. Scuba diving has enabled me to spend valuable time with marine animals in their natural habitats and has been the driving force behind my conservation efforts.
Did you know fish have different personalities? Some are very shy and hide as soon as you point the camera at them, while others are very flamboyant and show an engaging curiosity. Having the opportunity to engage with these wonderful animals is always extremely entertaining.
Coming face to face with a bigger creature like a Manta Ray or a Whaleshark is another exhilarating experience and one of the best feelings in the world. You’re heart starts pounding, you hold your breath and you want to capture every second of the encounter. All senses are buzzing, and I’m in absolute awe as I watch them move through the water.
There is something so captivating and enthralling about the true nature of marine animals. These creatures display no fear during our encounters, just a casual acceptance of our presence, and I feel so grateful to have the opportunity to immerse myself in the marine environment. The encounters I have with the marine life fuels my passion to create works of art that are vibrant, full of life and create a ripple of inspiration for the next generation of ocean warriors.
Please enjoy browsing through my underwater art gallery and experience the beauty of our oceans through my eyes.
Drop me a line if you’ve got any questions about my practice or artworks.
Best wishes, Claudia Kraus
A share of profits from every sale is donated to Marine Wildlife Conservation.