Hi. I’m Claire Bywater and thank you for visiting my site.
I’m a full time artist living and working in Nelson, New Zealand. Much as I love all manner of beautiful things, it is the built environment that moves me to paint and is at the heart of most of my work. With a design background I guess you’d describe my style as detailed, clean and contemporary. I also like the way that a particular perspective or close cropping can make you take a fresh look at the everyday and see it in a new and interesting way.
My overriding passion, and reason for this site, is to make artwork accessible in different ways and not be the exclusive preserve of a gallery. Original paintings with so much detail do take many hours of work. By scanning the original, an extremely high quality copy can be made and the price is a lot more reasonable.
An artwork usually has a story behind it, which adds to its meaning and interest. Next to the gallery image will be a brief explanation about the inspiration and details about print options and prices.
For more information about the printing quality click here.
I was brought up in South Devon, England and after 2 careers, 2 children and a move to New Zealand, I’m a late starter to the artist’s world. Art and creating things has been a constant companion from my earliest childhood, but most of my adult life has been spent teaching. After retraining in Interior Design, I fell into teaching again in my new field! I’ve been very lucky to work with inspirational staff and students in this area and also architecture and fashion.
All was ticking along very nicely until we were literally jolted out of our everyday lives by the earthquake series of 2010 /11 in Canterbury. Every aspect of daily reality was changed and it has been a huge influence on my life and subsequently artwork.
As 2014 drew to an end, we found ourselves at the empty nest crossroads and decided to create our own shake-up with a move to Nelson for a new phase in life. So after many years, I’m having a third career. I’ve come out of the artistic closet and am now painting and creating wearable art full time. It’s time for the teacher to start doing what she talks about!