Painting of a small child standing in a wood of autumn colours, an old shack off to the right.

My work is mainly associated with with colour in paintings of nature’s dynamism, documenting my path through the landscape. I want my paintings to demand our respect for nature through exploration of its inescapable beauty and untameable ferocity. A member of The Arborealists who centre their group around trees as a subject, I work predominantly with oils and charcoal using photos as source material. The photo is discarded after a couple of layers allowing the paint to speak for itself. At this point the painted object overtakes the subject matter and I let the paint dictate each colour and stroke as it responds to its adjacent.

I live in the Norfolk Broads area of Norfolk, UK.

‘Claire’s stylised take on our natural and human world creates beautiful compositions that lure us in. The dappled light in her forest scenes appears tangible and seductive.’  Adriana Marques


b Gt Yarmouth 1971

Gt.Yarmouth School of Art 1991

Norwich University of the Arts 1996

Gallery Manager 2014 – 2017


Finalist Jackson’s Painting Prize 2019

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2022

Contemporary British Painting Prize Longlist 2023

Firstsite Solo Exhibition- You And I Are Earth October 2023-April 2024


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Interview 2018 by Claire Leach

Idai Drawing - pastel on paper by Claire Cansick