Clare Blois Scottish Artist
Expressive Highland Paintings
I ran my own successful gallery in the Highlands before "retiring" to concentrate on the development of my own work. I originally studied textiles and painting with the Open College of the Arts and have won several accolades including the prestigious JD Fergusson Arts Award, presented in memory of the Scottish Colourist painter. I have been an invited artist at the Discerning Eye Exhibition in London, and have exhibited widely in Scotland and beyond.
I am an expressionist landscape painter and in the tradition of many Scottish artists I am inspired by the physical qualities of oil paint and the possibilities it provides in terms of colour, movement and texture. I am completely in awe of the astonishing forces of nature here in the Highlands and I like to get out amongst them, working en plein air as much as I can, often coming home with plentiful small oil or watercolour sketches which are the starting point larger works in the studio.
My finished works are not so much representations of the locations that inspired them as distillations of what I felt when I was there on that day. A painting also needs to stand apart from any source or connotations as a satisfying visual combination of canvas, composition and paint. Recent work leans towards the abstract.
I work fast and largely instinctively and I generally put on a lot of paint and remove even more. I have been described as a "gestural colourist who enjoys moving paint around the canvas". Well, that's what painting is, and I suppose a bit of gesturing often comes into it! My simple and sincere objective is for honesty in my work in making paintings that convey the exhilaration I feel as I explore the Highland land, sea, wind, rain and sun. I am thrilled if others can feel it too."
I live near Beauly and have a studio at the new Inverness Creative Academy (WASPS).
"Clare Blois is clearly in command of her medium and combines passion and technique in equal measure" (The Times)