Clare Blois

Clare lived and worked in some of the most beautiful parts of the Highlands for many years before studying with the Open College of the Arts (Art and Design 1990, Textiles 1992, Painting 1996).

She began to exhibit her work in Scottish galleries, and in 2003 won the prestigious JD Fergusson Arts Award, presented in memory of the Scottish Colourist painter. Clare spent ten years in the Western Isles, and the powerful island seascapes and skies of the Hebrides are enduring themes in her oil paintings, as are the gentler landscapes of the farm on the Black Isle, north of Inverness, where she now lives with her family and runs a gallery.

Annual visits to southern France or Spain provide even more opportunity for painting "en plein air" and a chance to use a different palette.

"In the tradition of Scottish painters, I am inspired and driven by the physical qualities of oil paint, using it generously and energetically to create movement and texture in my work. Colour is of primary importance to me, the possibilities remain exciting and endless. The extraordinary landscapes and seascapes of the highlands provide a wealth of material for my painting. The ever-changing weather, the rotating seasons and the astonishing forces of nature are a constant influence. Over time my paintings have become more abstract in nature, although still landscape based, and they reflect how I am influenced by my surroundings on that particular day. I am pleased when the viewer finds that the painting relates to their own experience in a different way - it is very exciting when a work of art takes on a life of its own, leaving the artist free and impatient to move on to another!"

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