Claire’s stunning oil paintings originate in the inspirational nature of light within the landscape and seascape. Influenced by Turner and Sisley, Claire spends as much time as she can walking or running with her dog in the beautiful South Downs countryside that surrounds her home, and inspiration often strikes during these expeditions.
She will usually start working on the composition outdoors on location, creating small tonal sketches, pastels or small oils which she brings back to her garden studio to use as reference material and ideas to build on. As well as painting on location near her Sussex home, Claire has travelled in the UK and further afield - particularly exploring the rugged North Devon coast and the disparate Atlantic seascapes of Western France - in search of inspiration.
“I want to describe in my paintings how I feel about nature surrounding me. I spend time studying and immersing myself in the landscape and then respond to this in my chosen art. In my work I aim to represents an emotional response to what I see and many of my paintings have a strong sense of calm.”