Claire Podesta studied art and design at Anglia Polytechnic, Cambridge and received a BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Design at De Montfort University. Her paintings are abstract works in oils or acrylics on canvas and paper. They are multi-layered and textural with bold brush strokes.
Claire’s focus is on the process of making a painting, which is a meditative intuitive experience where the outcome is often unexpected. The coasts of Britain, the southern Mediterranean and the landscapes of the Chiltern Hills often provide inspiration. Turner is a huge influence on Claire’s work, and she can spend a whole day immersed in the Turner collection at Tate Britain.
After graduating, Claire worked as a graphic designer and ran a furniture design business with her husband whilst raising a family. Originally from Cambridgeshire and Hong Kong, Claire now lives near Oxford, where she practices from her studio.
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