Claire was born in Kilmarnock in 1964, and studied at the Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1986. Claire’s work is primarily about the use of colour, shape and texture, so there are often abstract passages in each painting (although there is a clear subject also).
She employs a variety of media and her work is original and exciting. "Claire's palette is rich in range as well as tone, using a mixture of acrylic and oil pastel, allowing her to produce her characteristically luminous juxtapositions of colours. Her compositions are carefully structured and despite the brilliant initial effect, a closer inspection reveals her use of colour to articulate space, movement, and balance. Her joy and love of her painting and subjects simmers close to the surface...."
In 1992, Claire became an Elected Professional Member of the Royal Scottish Watercolour Society – RSW. She was listed in “20th Century Painters and Sculptors” by Frances Spalding and then again listed in “Who’s Who in Art” 26th edition published by Art Trade Press Ltd. In 2007 she wrote and had published the book entitled “Abstract and Colour, Techniques in Painting”.