Claire’s paintings arrive out of feeling excited and alive by the colours and shapes around her. She loves how her surroundings, whether land or sea, are ever shifting, ever changing in mood and tone, texture and light, literally from one minute to the next. She claims at times to be simply ‘overwhelmed’ by how much colour and energy is out there, and occasionally feels an urge to simply, create big areas of colour…. where she hopes to create a space in which to feel free. She loves wildlife and is drawn to the tender and fragile aspects of nature too, …a ﬂock of birds ﬂying oﬀ over a big blue sea, a group of baby moorhens feeding by a lily pond while her dog sleeps in the foreground. She also ﬁnds inspiration within her kitchen, too, with the vibrant colours of fresh fruit and veg, ﬂowers, and various ceramic jugs or pots often being composed into a still life.
She works in oil, mainly, but sometimes dabbles in watercolour to try and loosen up, or to inspire a larger oil painting. She likes texture. Like any painter, she is always wanting something better…. never foolish enough to think she can master the handling of paint! For her, ‘it has a mind of its own’ and she is often ‘amazed, sometimes baﬄed by what happens once the process of painting begins.’