Born in West Yorkshire in 1970, Clare developed an appreciation for the stunningly beautiful Yorkshire landscape and its dramatic weather from an early age. After completing a foundation course in Art and Design, Clare embarked on a career in graphic design in Northern Ireland whilst still continuing to paint in her spare time, and interest in her work by a local Irish gallery soon led to her first exhibition. After moving back to Yorkshire in 1996, Clare worked in the greetings design industry until she finally embarked on a career as a painter in 2010 after she was offered a solo exhibition.
Clare paints in oils on board and her inspiration comes from being immersed in such an area of outstanding raw beauty. Her preparation includes location photography and also researching weather and cloud patterns. Images and ideas can pop into her head at any time necessitating a quick sketch or note. For Clare it is the sky that holds the key to the drama of the painting controlling light bursts, muted illuminations, deep shadow, angry threats of heavy rain, banks of suffocating mist or delicate moisture. Occasionally depicting Yorkshire landmarks but more often somewhere more imaginary and alluring, Clare draws the elements together into a timeless landscape. Her paintings are full of drama and capture the essence of the beautiful, wild nature of the British countryside in all its weathers.
Clare is inspired by some of the great Old Masters, an admirer of the groundbreaking, contemporary style of Turner, she is also inspired by the darkness and drama of John Martin’s work, the skies, colour and resulting ‘glow’ of Sydney Richard Percy’s landscapes and also lesser known German born American artist Albert Bierstadt whose dramatic use of light adds an ethereal, romantic feel to his landscapes.
Clare has achieved great success in the relatively short time that she has been established as a landscape artist. Her works are increasingly sought after and she has a growing number of collectors both in the UK and overseas.
If approaching the gallery from Penrith or the M6 heading East on the A66 there is a major diversion in place to the gallery via Motherby. Instead of this we would recommend taking the first turning right to Newbiggin shortly after the Rheged roundabout, follow the road through the village and then turn left as you come out of the village. Follow the road up the hill past the recycling centre and turn right at the bend where you will see our brown tourist board sign, follow the lane and signs to the gallery. Altenatively take B5288 from Penrith to Greystoke turning left left to the gallery less than a quarter of a mile out of Greystoke.
Otherwise please follow the diversion signs on the A66 - they will successfully get you here but it will take 10 minutes longer.
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