Inspired by my immediate surroundings, poignant memories and current affairs I explore recessive colour to create mood and atmosphere within landscapes. Lately I have been taking photos from TV news reports that relate to my own memories in composition or atmosphere, it can be instant and unexpected, I don’t scan for images I just happen upon them and feel the connection, just like taking photos of any landscape. In some sense I might be documenting the times we live in and how I relate to events.
I am a self taught painter, I studied printmaking and drawing, but the endless possibilities of oil paint is so challenging I can’t stop trying and experimenting, it is a real workout for the mind. I paint using a limited palette flipping colour reality yet striving to retain equilibrium. It’s a good game to play. When I work from photos and drawings there is a point when the painting takes over and I go with what’s happening on the surface.
Nature is the only running theme in my paintings as I work in a non formulaic way generally not repeating images but maybe repeating ideas or colours.
I am motivated by a desire to relate to others on a deeper level, something I can’t put into words as I’m quite an introvert and I have been told my lone figures that sometimes enter my landscapes express that.
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.”
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
Member of The Arborealists
Influences: 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, Kim Dorland, Matthew Wong, Henrietta Dubrey, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Ishii Nobuo, Tom Hammick and Alberto Giacometti.