Paintings and illustrations by Claire Somerville, Shropshire
Shropshire born and bred, Claire gave up secondary school art teaching in 2017 to become a professional artist. She works from home on her paintings as well as doing some private tuition. Mostly commissionbased, her art’s also available as originals, prints and cards.
Above: Breakfast with Angus
“Avid bird-lovers, my grandparents used to put out scraps every morning – it turned into a free-for-all, attracting lots of species, especially sparrows. Angus was their Labrador, and this watercolour was done from a photograph I took.”
“This watercolour is painted from my own photograph taken last summer at an open day at Moor Farm in Baschurch. I’ve always wanted to paint pigs, though have struggled to get good photographs to work from. On this occasion I was lucky enough to see these three beautiful creatures basking in the sun, enjoying life, so I just had to get a photograph.”
Baa Ram Ewe
“Every year I exhibit at Oswestry Show, which is where I took the ram photograph I’m working from here. Pencil is a passion of mine, and how I start any painting I produce. I love the detail of the horn and tried to capture the ram’s strength – they’re such powerful animals.”
“I painted this in acrylic from a photo I took with my grandparents in the Scottish countryside. We always visited in autumn, when the leaves were turning, and I loved this because of the colours of the pheasant’s feathers and the way he’s almost camouflaged into his surroundings.”
“I was driving to World’s End near Llangollen when I saw this wonderful scene – I had to reverse the car so I could take a photo. Luckily there was no traffic! I love the way the one sheep is leaning against the bale, and created contrast by using pastel on black.”
“This came from a photo I took on a walk at Old Oswestry Hill Fort. I walked so far round, got to a stile and then couldn’t cross because there were about a dozen cows in my way. They were so inquisitive, leaning in and sniffing me. I had to capture the moment. I love the angle and the cow’s beautiful nose.”
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To see more of Claire’s work, or to enquire about a commission or print, visit: clairesomervilleart.com
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