I'm Claire, an animal artist from the Sussex / Surrey. borders! I live in a very rural area with my husband, two sons and beloved cockerpoo, surrounded by a plethora of British wildlife which fills me with so much pleasure.
I am completely passionate about wildlife and all animals. I have always been obsessed with wildlife, watching documentaries, fawning over wildlife encyclopaedias and calling David Attenborough my hero, for as long as I can remember.
I have a BA Hon in Photography although it wasn't a career I pursued so I am a completely self taught artist. I experimented with various materials and media until I found the combination of high quality lightfast colour pencils on pastelmat paper or drafting film best suited my style. More recently, I have been using watercolour paint as well and find the combination of using both watercolours with colour pencil for the details creates some really original pieces of art.
I strive to hone, improve and perfect my skills through practice, tutorials and attending workshops.
Last year, my drawing of a Sea Dragon: "Here be Dragons" was shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious David Shepherd's "Wildlife Artist of the Year" competition and in 2019 one of my drawings was selected to tour the UK in the Sketch for Survival Exhibition
I also won "Best Wildlife or Bird" for my scarlet macaw drawing in Bonny Snowdon's Patreon Exhibtion 2019.
These have been great achievements and just continues to add to my passion and ambition to utilise my art to help with conservation and raise awareness for endangered species.
I am a member of Sussex Artists and the UK Colour Pencil Society.