I am inspired to paint by my immediate surroundings, poignant memories and current affairs where I like to explore transposing colour to express my connection to the landscape.
I am a self taught painter having specialised in printmaking at university, and find the endless possibilities of oil paint a great challenge which in turn motivates experimentation upon the surface. It is a real workout for the mind. I currently use a limited palette of four colours, sometimes with one addition, mixing them into seemingly endless combinations. I use my own photos and drawings as source material and there comes a point when the painting takes over and I go with what’s happening on the surface. That is my favourite moment and I delve into the imagination from there on.
Nature is the only consistent running theme in my paintings as I work in a non formulaic way generally not repeating images but maybe loosely repeating ideas or colours.
Motivation to create comes from a desire to relate to others on a deeper level, something I can’t seem to put into words as I’m quite an introvert and I have been told my lone figures, that sometimes enter my landscapes, express that.
I was born in Great Yarmouth into a working class family, none of whom are artists but I remember watching Paint Along with Nancy and Tony Hart on tv as a child which is where I fell in love with visual art. Also I found I was good at it, it came easily and I had a wonderful high school teacher, Mr Hill, who gave me masses of encouragement. Art took on more meaning as a teenager, becoming my means of communication, relaxation, meditation and worth.
The Insider Adriana Marques says:
“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, while her towering female figures provide another eerie perspective on the familiar.”
Lyne Grove High School 1987
Gt.Yarmouth School of Art 1991
Norwich University of the Arts BA Printmaking 1996
Riverside Art & Glass Gallery Manager 2014-2017
Rise Art Featured Artist 2011- present
Artistic Influences include Victor Pasmore, Cy Twombly, David Hockney, Gary Hume, Tracy Emin, Ben Nicholson, Yves Klein, Katherine Bradford, George Shaw, Mark Rothko, Egon Schiele, Susan Rothenberg, Edvard Munch, Sandro Botticelli, Alfred Wallis, Antony Gormley, Milton Avery, Billy Childish, John McAllister, Ken Kiff, Max Seckel, Daniel Heidkamp, Peter Doig, Felix Vallotton, Frank Bowling, Kim Dorland, Matthew Wong, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Ishii Nobuo, Tom Hammick and Alberto Giacometti. And a thousand more.