Claire Kathleen Ward is a botanical and nature artist based in the beautiful and inspiring scenery of West Wales.
She has studied botany, horticulture and field ecology and is a mostly self-taught watercolour & oil artist. She has always drawn a variety of subject matter but became hooked on botanical illustration in 2005, when she took classes with RHS Gold medallist Moya Davern. In 2007 she completed the diploma in botanical illustration with distinction from the Society of Botanical Artists and then became a full member in 2010.
She mainly works in watercolour but sometimes paints with gouache on dark backgrounds which really gives impact to her work. She is passionate about the conservation of the native flora and fauna of the British Isles, especially native orchids, fungi and lichens, and this is her main focus.
Claire received a Highly Commended Award for her Welsh Oak Woods painting in 2014 and a Certificate of Botanical Merit in 2019 at the SBA annual exhibition at which she exhibits regularly. She has also held solo exhibitions in Wales and has many paintings in private collections around the world.
She recently had a painting exhibited at the 16th International Exhibition at the Hunt Institute, Pittsburgh, USA which is held in their collection.
She is also a tutor on the SBA diploma course on the ‘working in the field’ assignment and she is currently working towards an exhibition with the RHS called ‘Wildflowers of South & West Wales’.
In 2020 she will become a natural history illustration tutor for the School of Lifelong Learning at Aberystwyth University.
Contact DetailsWeb: http://www.claireward.net/
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