Born in 1972, Claire followed her art foundation course in Cheltenham with a degree in Fine Art at Reading University. After moving to London in 1995, she worked briefly in the film industry and later became an art consultant advising clients and commissioning other artists for a wide variety of projects. During this time she continued to paint at every opportunity.
In 2002, Claire moved to South Africa in order to pursue a career as a full time artist and get closer to one of her major sources of inspiration: wildlife.
Claire’s interest in film and photography is integral to her work, demonstrated by her use of panoramic shapes capturing snapshots of movement and her raw and vividly cropped compositions. Landscapes are intentionally excluded, while the sun on the dried salt lakes and dunes of Namibia, or the enormous skies of Kenya, are intimated either by pronounced shadows or the scale of the wildlife within the canvas. She combines traditional painting and glazing techniques with an unorthodox use of colour to give the work a dynamic and contemporary feel.
Claire lives and works in North Wiltshire. She is achieving recognition for her portraits and is frequently commissioned. She has a P.G.C.E. in Art and Design and teaches to Foundation Studies level.
The Affordable Art Fair, Bristol with Leonora Martin Fine Art - Sept 2014
Barn Gallery, Kington Langley - November 2013
Moorwood Art, Hereford - March 2013
Guggleton Farm Gallery - October 2012
Moorwood Show, Somerset - May 2011
Edinburgh Art Fair - November 2010
Art of Africa, High Wycombe - November 2010
Hampshire NACF Show - November 2010
The Wiltshire Art Fair, Marlborough - November 2010
Guggleton Gallery, Stalbridge - October 2009
Grandy Art, Lennox Gallery, London - November 2008
Guggleton Gallery, Stalbridge - October 2008
The Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge - October 2008
Hampshire Art Fair - Oct 2008
First View Gallery, Stourhead, Stourton - Group Show - Summer 2008
Kent Art Fair - May 2008
Grandy Art, Lennox Gallery, London – December 2007
Karen Taylor Gallery, Twickenham – Group Show – December 2007
Guggleton Gallery, Stalbridge – Group Show – October 2007
The Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge – Group Show – Summer 2007
First View Gallery, Stourhead, Stourton – Group Show - Summer 2007
Guggleton Gallery, Stalbridge – June 2007
Royal Geographic Society - sole exhibitor at “Elephant Choices and Human Voices”
- Iain and Saba Douglas-Hamilton lecture in aid of Tusk – Nov 2006.
Winter Exhibition, Guggleton Gallery, Stalbridge – Nov 2006
Art for Youth, The Mall Galleries – Oct 2006
The River House Gallery, Surrey. Save the Children Fund Exhibition - April 2006
The Arndean Gallery, Cork Street, London - March 2006
The Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge - Feb 2006
Hampshire Art Fair - Nov 2005
Art for Youth, The Mall Galleries - Oct 2005
Bonham's, London - Sept 2005
The Russell Gallery, London - Summer Show 2005
The Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge - Group Show - Summer 2005
Totally Essential Stand, House & Gardens Exhibition, Olympia - June 2005