Claudia Lima was born in San Diego and grew up in the small town of Julian, California.  She is the oldest of nine children.  She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Animal Science.  After graduation she went to work in the family lumber business in San Diego.  In 1982 she moved to Ukiah, California and opened her own wholesale lumber brokerage business.

In 1992 she married her husband, John, a logging contractor and moved to Humboldt County. 

Claudia was always drawing as a child.  When she moved to Humboldt County, she started taking Art Classes at Humboldt State University.  She took a break from painting after the birth of their son,  Christopher, but went back in painting in earnest in 2007.  She has had shows at the Humboldt State University First Street Gallery,  Art Center Alturas, Morris Graves Museum, Strawberry Rock Gallery,   Red Bluff Bull & Gelding Sale, San Luis Obispo Cattlemens Western Art Show and Sale, and exhibits frequently at the Redwood Arts Association Gallery.

Awards include Best of Show at the Humboldt County Fair and Redwood Acres Fair, First Place and Honorable Mention Redwood Arts Association Fall and Spring Shows.  

She has studied with artist Leslie Price, Teresa Stanley, Mimi LaPlant, Jim McVicker, Randall Sexton, Sergio Bruno and George Gallo.

Claudia's studio is in the shop of their property in Arcata, amoungst the redwoods, overlooking the town of Blue Lake and the Mad River.

Claudia is a member of the California Art Association and the Redwood Arts Association.