Paintings executed using traditional hand-painting methods including paint brushes, palette knives, palettes, and water media paint on watercolor paper. Claudia’s first paintings were abstracts. Next, she experimented with various subject matter. She painted scenes of room interiors, building exteriors, cityscapes, and landscapes. But, she found her favorite subjects (and true calling) to be cats. She named her painting style ‘abstract realism’ because the cats looked almost real; their markings and eye colors remained true. However, the paintings were brightly colored and abstract in nature. When compared to her next collection, these first pieces looked primitive.