Brooks, Clare

Clare trained at Birmingham Art College and St. Martins London where she graduated with an honours degree in Fashion and Textiles. It was there that she developed the skills of observation, drawing, and a keen eye for colour and design. Clare worked for over 20 yrs. as a freelance illustrator covering a wide variety of subjects from fashion illustration, book illustration, advertising, editorial and P.R. in a range of materials. Her clients  included The Financial Times, The Telegraph, The Independent, I,P.C. magazines, D.C. Thompson publishers of Jackie magazine, Paperchase cards, Leichner and Revlon cosmetics, the Body Shop, amongst many others.
For the last 10 years or so she has been concentrating on painting in watercolour. Her love of painting goes back to childhood. Her landscapes, flower painting and still lives are painted from life. She finds inspiration in the beauty, colour and light of the natural world. She tries to capture the essence of a place or subject and to communicate the beauty she sees to the viewer. She has exhibited in mixed shows in various galleries including The Bankside Gallery. The Mall Galleries, The Millinery Works, Wigmore Hall, The Greenwich Theatre Gallery, and the Illustrators Gallery as well as in local north London galleries. She is a member of The Islington Art Society.
Clare has been teaching watercolour to adults for over 20 yrs. She accepts private commissions, specialising in portraits of people and animals. She lives in north London.