Clare has an Honours degree from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University and has had solo and group exhibitions in Australia and New Zealand. This year Clare received a Commendation in the Hawkesbury Art Prize and has previously been a finalist in The Sunshine Coast Art Prize, The Redland Art Award, The Brisbane Art Prize and the Moreton Bay Region Art Award. In 2016 she was awarded the Milburn Art Prize from the Brisbane Institute of Art.
““Painting for me begins by exploring and immersing myself in a place and the past couple of years I have taken part in art residencies, the first at Stradbroke Island in Moreton Bay and on Bribie Island in the north of the bay.”
“Part of my art making process includes really getting to know a place through plein air painting, drawing, photography, research and walking. When I’m on a field trip painting I try to pack lightly, using mostly gouache, pastel and watercolour on paper. I paint quickly outside, putting down paint quickly to capture my initial feelings and responses to what I see.”
In the studio Clare uses plein air studies and sketches as a jumping off point to start a new body of work. An intuitive approach to oil painting somewhere between abstraction and representation, allows memories and experience to filter through.
“I like to follow the direction the painting takes, taking advantage of the pliable nature of oil paint and the many ways it can be manipulated.”
Themes relating to the of the environment have become central to Clare work; “The degradation of our coastal environment has been an ongoing concern of my work. My practice is informed by the Bay and islands close to where I live on Moreton Bay near Brisbane.”