If this isn’t joy personified I don’t know what is.
One glance at Claire West’s exuberant splash of colors and you’re smiling, your heart’s beating a little faster, you. are. UP!
Say goodbye to even a tiny case of the winter doldrums as your eyes drink, drink, drink it all in. Wow. Gorgeous. Whoa. More, please.
Claire hails from Hull in East Yorkshire, England. She initially trained as an interior designer at Newcastle Art College before studying part time for seven years to earn her Fine Arts degree from Humberside University.
She then began doing freelance work for television production companies, who featured her work in TV programs. She’s exhibited her paintings and linocuts all over the UK and also teaches painting and printmaking workshops.
Claire paints because it makes her happy, and she hopes her pieces make others feel the same way. She strongly believes in the power of color therapy to uplift the spirit.
She works mainly on canvas with acrylics and ink, creating texture via layers of paint and splattering/random dripping.
As is evident in her work, her method is free flowing and spontaneous — she likes experimenting and remaining open to see where the colors take her, what patterns develop. I like the energy and playful sophistication in her pictures.
Also cool? She claims children’s book creator Eric Carle was her earliest artistic influence. Other favorite artists include Rex Ray, John Piper, Jasper Johns, Mary Fedden, and David Hockney. She’s never wanted any other job than to be an artist.
She’s partial to still lifes, landscapes, animals, birds, and flowers, getting ideas from many sources such as country walks, fashion, and shopping!
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