I hope to create lovely paintings for people to enjoy. Through the subtle medium of watercolour, I aim to capture the wonder, beauty and joy of the natural world, more specifically of flowers and plants and sometimes landscapes and working from life rather than photographs allows a more genuine, spontaneous response.
Claire Winteringham studied Textiles at Manchester Metropolitan University and has been a professional artist - paintings, illustration and design - since graduating with 1st.Class BA.Hons in 1978.
It was there she learned her skills of observation, drawing and appreciation of colour.
At the end of her studies she won a North West Arts Bursary to help consult at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire for one year.
She was also invited to take up various part time posts as a visiting lecturer at the University of Central England in Birmingham, Manchester Metropolitan University and Solihull College of Technology which lasted until 1999.
For many years she worked freelance for Gallery Five. She also worked with David Davies Associates in London as an in-house illustrator.
Abacus Designs, Art Angels, The Art Group, Dry Red Press, Ikea, Ling Design, Paperlink, Paper Trail, Phoenix Trading, Pomegranate and Really Giant Posters have published her work as books, posters, giftwrap and cards.
Her highly individual watercolours - landscape, still life, flowers - are almost always drawn from life. They typically combine inspired use of colour with superb drawing ability and embody her natural sense of design. Individuals and corporations worldwide have acquired her paintings through exhibitions and private shows in the UK and abroad. Her paintings have been selected by The Royal Watercolour Society at their Bankside Gallery Open Exhibition in London, at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and for The Sunday Times Watercolour Open Exhibition at The Mall Galleries, also in London.
Commissions include work for Sir Richard and Lady Branson, Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the 3i Business Centre.
LSA International, John Lewis Partnership (Waitrose), Marks and Spencer, Worldwide Fund for Nature, Save the Children Fund, Padblocks Ltd, Dunoon Ceramics feature among her design clients.
Claire lives with her family in Lancashire and works from home.
She is very happy to take commissions.