Clare Maria Wood

Before Dawn
56x56cms
Before Dawn
Golden Coast I
56x56cms
Golden Coast I
Sea Breeze
56x56cms
Sea Breeze
Deep Blue
56x76cms
Deep Blue
Shrouded Light
56x56cms
Shrouded Light
Into The Blue
56x76cms
Into The Blue
Cornish Rockface I
43 x 43cms
Cornish Rockface I
Cornish Rockface II
43 x 43cms
Cornish Rockface II
Born From Fire
66x90cms
Born From Fire
Serpentine
76x106cms
Serpentine
Deep Water
56x76cms
Deep Water
And Twilight Came
91 x 91cms
And Twilight Came
She Whispers Her Lullaby
91x91cms
She Whispers Her Lullaby
Softly Softly
91x91cms
Softly Softly
Cinder Path II
66 x 66cms
Cinder Path II
Dusk Glow
56x56cms
Dusk Glow
Monsal III
53 x 53cms
Monsal III
Lagoon
91 x 91cms
Lagoon
Autumn Gold I
66 x 66 x 5cm
Autumn Gold I
Flourish
33 x 33cms
Flourish
Reflections
33 x 33cms
Reflections
New Day
66 x 66 x 5cm
New Day
Autumn Gold II
66x66x5cm
Autumn Gold II
Autumn Glow
66 x 66 x 5cm
Autumn Glow

 

Clare studied Fine Art Painting at Wimbledon School of Art in the late 1980s. She had a successful career as Head of Art in a top Cambridge School and now works as a full-time artist from her studio in Hove. She exhibits throughout the UK in galleries and selected exhibitions and her work is held in numerous private collections.

 

 

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, the open-skied Cambridgeshire Fens and beach walks in Hove. Her ‘Woodland’ series was a direct response to her walking through beech woods and their ever-changing light and colour 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 I work intuitively to begin with, usually on several pieces at the same time, which allows me to see what is working and expand on ideas. I build layers of paint, drawn marks and collage and scrape 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 I then take a more critical approach, refining and resolving areas while striving to keep the energy of the initial marks.”

 

Ablaze
56x56cms
Noontide
56x56cms
Distant Echo
66x90cms
Ebb and Flow
56x106cms
Green Gold
33 x 33cms
Monsal IV
53 x 53cms
Spring Breeze
33 x 33cms
Along The Hidden Path
122 x 122 x 5cm
Embers II
66x66x5cm
Embers I
66 x 66 x 5cm