Clare has been drawing and painting since she was old enough to hold a pencil and brush. She was an Art Scholar at Uppingham and went on to study art at Edinburgh College of Art and Leith School of Art, where she specialised in atmospheric oil paintings.
After the birth of her first son in 2009, in a quiet moment at her parent’s kitchen table in Norfolk, Pheasant Feather Art was born. She picked up a pheasant feather from her father’s stash, dipped it in his fountain pen inks, and started “doodling”.
Clare took this idea back to Scotland, where she, her husband Charlie, and their two small boys live. “I started painting chickens and friends’ dogs and people loved the result and suggested that I should do stationery and prints, so I did! I continued to listen to what my clients wanted, and where possible, put these ideas and my creations into production. I now offer placemats and coasters, aga covers, tea towels and mugs. I am continually exploring collaborations into other new and exciting products”.
Clare designed the front cover for the 25th anniversary of the Scone Game Fair as well as winning the competition for the design of the front cover for the CLA Game Fair 2014. Shortlisted in 2014 for Wildlife Artist of the Year, Clare has worked closely with, and donated paintings to a number of charities including Tusk Trust, Born Free Foundation and GWCT.
Some of Clare’s more recent collaborations have included creating colourful, bespoke magnums for Pol Roger Champagne. A painting day at Purdey & Sons in London which included the challenge of painting on beautiful pieces of walnut that are used to create the stocks on Purdey guns. Producing a vibrant and colourful rainbow trout to be used on the product packaging for Chalkstream Foods and then there was the creation of the stunning silk scarf for Really Wild that used Clare’s iconic fighting cock pheasants. Clare has also worked with Edinburgh Zoological Society and Bowland Brewery.
Clare now has her new studio at The Hirsel Homestead, just outside Coldstream. She is there most of the time, but if you plan to visit, please email her beforehand to make sure that she will be around.