Clare Jenkinson

Natural Objects

"Clare has a background in textiles - specializing in carpet design for her B.A. - and began her career based in Kidderminster at the heart of the carpet industry. She now divides her time between designing for manufacturers and working as a fine artist.

Always having had a love of drawing, Clare went on to study botanical illustration at Birmingham University, founding the Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists with fellow students. The discipline of observational drawing underlies and informs both her design work and painting.

Recent exhibitions include �Botanical Inspirations� at Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter in May 2016, with the South West Academy at Exeter Castle in September 2016, and 'The Power of Three' at Artizan Gallery in August 2017. Clare exhibits regularly in Teignmouth and will be part of 2018's 'Devon Open Studios' at the TAAG Gallery there.

�My paintings and drawings are a response to my surroundings and my place within them � the beautiful landscape of Devon where I live, the excitement of travelling to other places, the natural objects that are precious to each place. I paint collections of shells, flowers, insects, fungi and look for rhythm and pattern within both these and my larger work.�

�I love working in oils, experimenting with the marks, textures and powerful colour that the medium can create, and also work in watercolour, devoting hours to a subject and using the smallest brushes. Part of the joy is the contrast between the two!�"

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