Born in Malta in 1972, Claire's early childhood has had a profound influence on her choice of subject matter. Consequently her work is primarily focused on atmospheric interpretations of the interplay between landscape and light.
Claire initially works from life, making detailed sketches in both pencil and watercolour before returning to her studio at home to develop the compositions further on large canvases in either acrylic or oil. Using both brush and palette knife enables Claire to achieve both a powerful and lyrical impression of the landscape moulded by the elements and constantly changing light.
The paintings often take weeks, sometimes months to complete. Layer upon layer is laid down, half scrubbed out and then layered again with fluid washes of colour over bolder base strokes.
Claire painted from very early childhood, but after A' Level Art her career took a different direction and she went on to complete a Degree in International Agribusiness, and Post Graduate qualifications in International Relations and Law. Following careers in both Brand Management and Law, the birth of her children enabled Claire to return to her vocation and to get her paintbrushes out once again. Predominantly self taught, her initial route back into painting began with Botanical Illustration at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. On moving from Scotland to Wiltshire Claire joined the Slade Centre Art Group and then began a year long course with the Newlyn School of Art in Cornwall.
Claire lives with her young family in rural Wilshire.
Just in case you were wondering - paintings are always signed 'Fudge'. It was her maiden name and she can't imagine signing them differently!
Claire is represented by the Glebe Gallery, Sutton Mandeville, Wiltshire.
All images © Claire Matthews 2015