Claire Western grew up on Devon’s south coast and her paintings have consistently reflected her love of the West Country’s stunning land and seascapes. Over three decades she has combined painting with spells of teaching art and has used her own work to inspire others to pursue careers as artists. Since 2006 Claire has been Head of Art at Queen’s College, Taunton.Claire’s increasingly sought-after work consists of vivid images of the land and seascapes of the south west. She concentrates largely on changes in the weather, fleeting moments in the light and texture of the land. She works from quick sketches made outdoors. Back in her studio, Claire combines a wide range of media, using gesso, oil, acrylics, dyes, sand, glazes, gold leaf and many natural materials.These  colours and textures are all layered and drawn and painted over until she achieves the expressive image she seeks. The scale of her current work varies tremendously from small, jewel-like images to massive textural work on canvas.

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