Born 1981 in Melbourne Australia, Clair completed a Diploma of Visual art in 2004 but is also largely self taught.
Clair has been working as a fulltime artist since 2013 and is represented by Bright Art Licensing
My artwork is inspired by nature and i like to focus on bringing the outside in. My paintings are highly decorative, however I feel they also serve as a reflection of the beauty and complexity that nature provides. I like to capture the essence of a landscape, stylizing it and making it my own. I employ colour, pattern and repetition to portray the layers of foliage and vegetation that can be seen within the landscape.
My colour palate is governed by my mood and the general feeling I want to create within each painting. I generally work with analogous colours combinations because I feel they best reflect the natural harmony of nature, the subtle warm or cool changes of the seasons and foliage provide endless inspiration. However, I am not afraid of colour and I often experiment with combinations that are not usually traditionally associated with nature and landscapes.
I work spontaneously and rarely begin with a set plan in mind. I let each painting evolve intuitively as I build each layer of paint. I work quickly to begin with, which is why I prefer to work with faster drying acrylic paints. Each piece is then finished off with a layer of gloss varnish to enhance the colours and depth and also protect the surface of the painting. Painting for me is second nature, i have been doing it in one way or another since my early teen years and feels as natural as breathing.
My paintings are both a direct reflection of my surroundings and an imaginary world – a secret garden that exists in my mind. A whimsical place that I can go to escape and be lost within. I create a world that i want to be in and that provides an escape from the everyday.