Clare Maria Wood

Clare’s abstract landscapes are her expression of ‘place’, which range from journeys around the craggy Cornish coast, rugged North Yorkshire Moors – where she was brought up – and the open-skied Cambridgeshire Fens. Her recent ‘Woodland’ series have been inspired by local beech woods and their shifting appearance throughout the seasons. Her finished pieces evoke the energy of a living, breathing landscape. Clare says, ‘Each day starts with a dog walk at dawn, which awakens that connection with my surroundings. What really excites me is the ephemeral nature of the woodland so early in the morning. The glowing sunrise and copper leaves glimpsed fleetingly between the static beech wood trunks are framed, just for a moment, before changing again.

Back in the studio, Clare works intuitively, to begin with, usually on several pieces at the same time, which allows her to see what is working and expand on ideas.She builds layers of paint, drawn marks and collage and scrapes back into the surface to reveal flashes of previous marks and colours, allowing the history of each piece to take centre stage. As paintings develop she then takes a more critical approach, refining and resolving areas while striving to keep the energy of the initial marks.

After gaining a BA Honours in Fine Art painting at Wimbledon School of Art, Clare went on to complete postgraduate studies at Goldsmiths University. She has been making and exhibiting work throughout the UK since then and has shown work at the Royal Academy of Art. She became interested in printmaking in 2002 and now incorporates monoprint, etching and collagraph into her practice. She was awarded the CPSC Diploma by Stanley Jones MBE and Chloe Cheese MA RCA at the renowned Curwen Print Study Centre. Most recently Clare was awarded a residency at Brisons Veor, Cornwall.

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