Originally from Bradford, Clare Haley graduated from Cleveland College of Art and design with a HND in Graphic Design in 1991. From there she lived in Northern Ireland working in Graphic Design and then became a full time artist, exhibiting in oil and watercolour from galleries in Fermanagh.
The Irish landscape provided the raw, ever-changing atmosphere she loves to paint. After many years working back in West Yorkshire in the greeting’s card industry she has returned to the easel, favouring oil on board to continue her passion for the wild landscape and its revolving skies.
Her inspiration to paint comes from a fascination with the raw landscape and the way the weather affects its mood. The sky plays a crucial part in how the landscape comes alive through light, shadow, moisture and movement.
Clare paints in oils, and loves the way the paint responds to her imagination, she sketches and draws initially with the brush carefully building up momentum for the bolder strokes. It is about the process and the whole anticipation of what the painting may be.
She mentions that "Artistic fulfilment comes when the viewer connects with the painting whether through a mood or memory, or as a piece of visual artwork in which to escape into.”