Two DayDreams

Coffee on Canvas

Let's Play

Coffee on Canvas

Mandirigma in Stilettos (Warrior in Stilettos)

Coffee on Canvas

For Unto Us a Child is Born

Acrylic on Canvas

Filipino Fiesta in San Francisco

Acrylic on Canvas


Acrylic on Canvas

All in a Day's Work

Acrylic on Canvas

All in a Day's Work II

Acrylic on Canvas

Uncharted Territories

Acrylic on Canvas


Woven Tapestry (Fiber Art)

Artist Statement

“My art is a way for my heart to speak, my little way of telling my own truths. So please don’t just look. Listen.

Artist Bio

Clarisse is a Filipina artist, born and raised in the Philippines and migrated to the United States by sweet serendipity. Her works have been shown in print, online and in art shows in San Francisco and Los Angeles California.

Coming from a family of artists, Clarisse is mostly self-taught and always quick to say that she is not art-schooled but proudly “heART-schooled” and that her art comes from a place of ardent explorations, not expertise.

Her lifework is a continuous coffee painting series of simple yet thought-provoking and nostalgia-evoking imagery and Baybayin usually paired with her poetic musings and writings in the haiku form. The project is called “Biak: Explorations of Filipino Heritage, Identity and Diaspora” and it seeks to awaken one’s appreciation of the Filipino culture and give a voice to the hearts of every migrant Filipino. Coffee is her favorite medium because it is easily accessible, practical and natural and it presents many beautiful shades of brown, just like Filipinos, which give a painting an overall sepia effect, the color of nostalgia -- something she is constantly flooded with.

Her acrylic and mixed media works on the other hand, celebrate and honor her passion for vibrant colors. Her palettes run the gamut from vibrant brights of concentrated, vivid colors in pure hues that are energetic, bold and intense, to mellow and organic shades from nature in muted earth tones, to dreamy-hued and subtle pastels of soft, tender tints and to her favorite rich jewel-tones that utilize full-bodied saturated colors inspired by precious gems.

Embracing creative ADD and her inner conflicts as a creative social introvert, she finds that switching and experimenting between media and her many distinct styles keep her feelings, state of mind, interest, motivation and perspectives renewed and fresh at all times.



  • Visual Arts
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Pacific Islander
  • Southeast Asian
  • Abstract
  • Figurative
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Poetry