Claire Thorogood’s work spans across a variety of genres. Her love of capturing the essence of her subject is evident in her human and animal portraiture, whereas understanding how to capture ‘a moment in time’ is portrayed in the light in her landscapes and the far reach in her dancers movements. Claire uses the medium of painting both in acrylics and oils to express herself, drawing on the wisdom of, shape and emotional intelligence honed during her 30 years as a fashion and textile designer.
Her love of all things floral continues to inspire her work. She experiments with scale and proportion to enable the viewer to connect with the subject in a deeper unexpected way, whether that be in miniature or blown out of proportion. Inspiration is triggered every day, whether it be a scent, a sound, a colour. Finding the way to portray these elements, and to connect with the viewer is an evolving journey of discovery. Claire allows evolution of her work, encouraging new challenges, and discovering new ways to describe how she she sees the subject using the medium of paint.
Claire also has an important body of work highlighting animal conservation, and is currently working on a significant project for the Sumatran Orangutan Society. Claire 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.
Claire is constantly inspired by the world and the environment around her and views everything as a potential painting!