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Claire has had an interest in both art and the nature around her since she was a child. Claire’s first painting was a watercolour of a purple flower picked from the lawn aged 3. It was somewhat inevitable that aged 21 Claire graduated with a Fine Art BA (HONS) degree from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design University College. Throughout university Claire continued to explore her passion for the natural by either painting or using photographical/digital techniques to create artworks of illuminated flora and fauna.
Leaving university, Claire applied for a solo exhibition at the Farnham Maltings and within six months had a successful show of 40 new artworks. Shortly after her exhibition Claire was offered a studio at the Maltings, where she has been based until her relocation to West Sussex in 2009.
During the spring of 2003, Claire had her second successful solo art exhibition, ‘Fractal Flora’, at the Windsor Art Centre. She was chosen from a hundred applicants, this gathered Claire much interest in both the local and national press. This included being featured in the national publication, ‘Artists and Illustrators’, and was asked to write an article discussing the validity of photographic and digital work in the contemporary art market.
Since starting her career in 2002, Claire has exhibited successfully across the UK in both solo and selected group shows and is featured in both public and private collections; selling to collectors in several countries including the UK and Canada. Claire regularly exhibits with The Shoreham Art Gallery and recently in Brighton and Guildford.
Claire enjoys working in her local community and sharing her passion for the arts, and has worked with many schools, colleges and arts organisations. In 2003 she was invited to be a committee member/trustee for the Farnham Art Society and in 2006 was elected to be publicity officer. During her four-year term she was an active member encouraging an increase of contemporary works to be exhibited by the society. Claire has been a visiting lecturer and industry advisor for Farnborough College of Technology and has vast experience in teaching both adults and children. Claire has also inspired many students, to do projects about her and her work for academic courses from GCSE to degree. Claire currently teaches Guildford Institute, Guildford, and teaches private students and mentors fellow artists.
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