After 30 years as a fashion and textile designer Claire Thorogood has become a very versatile painter. She is equally at ease painting portraits or flowers, dancers, animals or landscapes. Working mainly in acrylics and oils her painting technique veers from accurate realism to semi abstract expressionism. Claire loves to capture the essence of her subjects such as the light in her landscapes and the flow in her dancers' movements.
Claire often experiments with scale and proportion, whether that be in miniature or blown out of proportion. This allows the viewer to connect in deeper and unexpected ways. Claire views her painting as an evolving journey of discovery and finds inspiration every day in the world around her. Everything is a potential painting! Claire is constantly pushing the boundaries and making new discoveries in her practice.
Claire is passionately committed to animal conservation, and supports the Sumatran Orangutan Society. She has painted for the Royal family, has been featured painting live at Crufts on Channel 4 as well as at the BBC, she also painted live during her exhibition at Ascot racecourse.