Wellington-based painter Claire Western is an artist with a deep and endless fascination for the world of wave and tide. Her first one-woman show for 10 years, entitled Water’s Edge, is a collection of new work that focuses on the West Country’s shorelines and river banks. It opens at the Old Brick Workshop on Monday April 2.
“I grew up by the sea in Exmouth so my earliest memories are of being on the beach and looking across to Dawlish and the headlands towards Torquay,” said Claire. “Work and family have taken me to live in other places over the years by but never far from the sea. I still spend a number of weeks a year sailing or walking around Devon and Cornwall’s coastlines.
“However, there are pluses to living in Wellington between the Quantock and Blackdown Hills. The rivers and streams where my spaniel loves to swim are giving me other perspectives on water in motion and some of these paintings are part of the new exhibition.”
Claire has been Head of Art at a Taunton school for the past decade but has continued to paint, with her work featured in galleries and exhibitions across Devon and Cornwall. “I’m leaving my job this summer to focus my teaching energies on a series of adult classes, plus another exhibition in the New Year,” she explained. Details of the courses will be at www.clairewestern.co.uk later this year.
The Old Brick Workshop, Wellington TA21 9HW
April 2-8, 2018, 10.00am- 4.00pm