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Clare’s botanical interest is life long. Her style has developed over the years, with influences coming from a variety of people and even more places.
Clare grew up in rural North Wales. Her childhood embedded Clare’s interest and love of the sea, mountains, fauna and flora. Clare’s grandmother, with her love of flowers, was an important influence.
Before leaving her homeland at the age of 18, she completed her studies under the influential artist Peter Prendergast. She then went on to complete her undergraduate degree in visual arts at Cheltenham College.
Clare is now married with two children and lives in Kent. In recent years her career in botanical art has moved to the forefront of her life, after having travelled and studied plants in such unique places as Trinidad, the Cayman Islands and Tuscany, although many of her influences actually come from within Kent itself. Many of her weekends are spent strolling through Kew, Lullingstone, Wisley and Hampton Court Castle, considering the shapes and colours of flowers and vegetables.
Clare is influenced by many artists, including Maria Sibylla Merian, Marianne North, Rory McEwen and Rosie Sanders. Clare mainly works in watercolours and graphite, but also adapts easily, and enjoys aspects of printmaking and photography.