Anna Clare is a sporting artist with a particular interest in large scale oil paintings of British game birds. After completing an art scholarship at Stowe School she continued her training at the Florentine atelier Charles H Cecil studios, undergoing a rigorous four years of education, practising the naturalistic tradition of ‘sight-size’. This classical training underpins the more contemporary style that Anna Clare uses when producing large-scale game birds in flight.
The complexity of catching the movement of a pair of hen harrier mid-flight, or the dramatic effect of a grouse flying towards you, provides a unique challenge for the artist. The beauty and strength of game birds and birds of prey are shown to great advantage when highlighted in these large scale paintings. Unlike the more traditional image of a bird in its habitat, the majority of Anna Clare’s works concentrate on the bird with a high level of detail. Viewed at close quarters, the impact of a bird in motion makes for a truly arresting image.
Working mainly from her St Paul’s Studio in Talgarth Road, she takes commissions in oil and charcoal. Her London studio always has a selection of current work which can be viewed by private appointment. Daisy, the English Bull Terrier, is often found at the studio, making a good companion and, on occasion, reluctant model.