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Based in Torbay with her family, Claire is a qualified teacher in Art & Design and is also a resident artist at Red Pod Arts at The Clay Factory, Ivybridge. Formally, Claire has studied under Liverpool, John Moores University, The University of Greenwich and The Learning Connexion Art School in Wellington, New Zealand. Although these periods of study and training were pivotal to her career, it is her time spent travelling and the responses she has made to those experiences that shape her work.
In 2006 Claire travelled to New Zealand where she was energised by the creativity among the people she met and overwhelmed by the brilliant daylight and beauty in the landscape. It was at this time that the urge to paint transformed from a desire to a necessity for her. After a trip to Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve in the Coromandel Peninsular on the North Island of New Zealand, Claire began using oils, depicting coastal scenes on large canvases. Since then, after visits to Thailand, Egypt, Amsterdam and Spain Claire has returned with sketches to refer to when painting and print making back in the UK.
Most recently, Claire has been enjoying responding to the local landscape and coastline. The exploration usually begins with photographs, digital drawings and sketchbook studies. Claire then uses these recordings to begin her work. Trying to take more risks and not over think her choices, Claire is becoming more spontaneous with her attention to colour, layering and mark making.