Whilst studying Fine Art Painting at Wimbledon School of Art, under the tutelage of Michael Porter, Clare’s passion for creating work inspired by the land was ignited. After a successful career as a Head of Art and Design Clare studied specialist printmaking techniques at the Curwen and was awarded Diploma in printmaking at by Sir Stanley Jones and Chloe Cheese. Clare is now a full time artist.
Dialogue between nature’s elements and its charged exchanges characterize my work. My most recent series of paintings and collagraph prints’, ‘Wild Ocean’, ‘Primordial’ and ‘Strata’ originate from journeys around the West Coast Cornwall, North Yorkshire and the Cambridgeshire Fens. I use ‘plein air’ sketches and photographs as a starting point and back in the studio, whether painting or crafting printing plates, I lets the process of intuition and creative decision-making take over. My finished pieces are semi-abstract, suggesting a breathing landscape and an expressive response to it. When I am painting I work intuitively on several canvases at once. I do not over plan, preferring to respond to the marks I make, allowing each piece to evolve. I work in layers laying on paint and often scraping it back to expose marks beneath, much like the weathered forms or geological strata that inspire me.
My recent collagraphs are inspired by prehistoric rock formations, such as Brimham Rocks in Yorkshire, Penwith Moorland stacks and the wide expanses of the Cambridgeshire Fenlands. The hand-cut and shaped plates are made from materials such as plant matter, glues and carborundum grit coated with varnish. I then ink them up using brushes and rollers before putting them through an etching press with somerset paper. I often use two seperate plates to create each print as well as gold/silver and copper leaf to add areas of intense light.
My enigmatic, abstract landscapes are inspired by memories of places that I know and love. Wild oceans, ancient standing stones, a glimpse of copper shimmering through peat stained rivers, rusted iron underfoot; these are the small treasures that capture my attention. I combine acrylic paint, collage and metallic leaf. I work on several paintings at once, building up textures and layers with brushes, card, rags and dip pens. I then scrape away areas to reveal earlier historical marks.
I take a painterly approach to printmaking, preferring to monoprint from each plate, making each outcome completely unique.
I will be exhibiting paintings on canvas and paper and hand pulled collagraphs from my garden studio.