Clare Blois


Clare is an oil painter working from her studio near Beauly. Until recently she was the owner of the well-known Tore Art Gallery near Inverness, but has now retired in order to concentrate on her own painting.

Clare originally studied with the Open College of the Arts (Art and Design 1990, Textiles 1992, Painting 1996) before beginning to exhibit her work in Scottish galleries. She has won several awards including the prestigious JD Fergusson Arts Award, presented in memory of the Scottish Colourist painter.

Having lived for ten years in the Western Isles, the powerful island seascapes and skies of the Hebrides are enduring themes in Clare’s oil paintings, as are the changing seasons and landscapes of the northern highlands and west coast. Annual painting trips to France, Spain or Italy provide even more opportunity for painting “en plein air” and a chance to use a different palette.

Clare has exhibited in many galleries throughout Scotland, and in 2012 she was an invited exhibitor at the Discerning Eye Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.

“In the tradition of many Scottish painters, I am inspired and driven by the physical qualities of oil paint and the endless possibilities it provides in terms of colour, movement and texture. The extraordinary landscapes and seascapes of the highlands provide a wealth of material from which my paintings are abstracted. The ever-changing weather, the rotating seasons, the emptiness, and the astonishing forces of nature are constant influences.”

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