Claire Western's increasingly sought-after paintings represent deep emotional responses to the land and seascapes of the Southwest. She works from rapid drawings made outside and develops her subjects back in the studio by exploiting all the expressionist possibilities of unusual combinations of surface and pigment. Claire works on a ground of gesso, building layers of paint, paper, sand, metal leaf, glazes and pastel, often scraping back and drawing into the surfaces.All this work is inspired by the natural world, by land and sea, the Southwest coastline, the natural form and landscape of Devon. She works on the notion of art as memory, fleeting fragmentary images of a brief moment in time, changes in atmosphere, weather and movement, especially that of the sea.
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