A synaesthete (which in Claire’s case, means that colour and sound are ‘felt’ interchangeably) she uses environment, music and seasonal rhythms as a starting point for many pieces. Following a vibrant tradition of Modernist European and British painters such as Matisse, Van Gogh, Klee, Gilman (a distant relative), Nash and Ravilious, shifting hues and patterns are at the heart of her works.
Soundscapes, Landscapes and Mindscapes are instruments for expressing composition, emotion and understanding. Much of her work in centred on East Anglia; its skies, sounds, fields, coastline, and seasonal cycles are a constant inspiration.
She is, above everything, a composer of colour.
The craving for colour is a natural necessity just as for water and fire. Colour is a raw material indispensable to life. At every era of his existence and his history, the human being has associated colour with his joys, his actions, and his pleasures. –Fernand Leger, “On Monumentality and Colour”, 1943