Claire Sparkes RI SGFA


Claire Sparkes is a figurative painter who studied for her Fine Art Degree at Liverpool Sir John Moores University and earned a Masters Degree in Fine Art Painting from the University for Creative Arts in Canterbury. She has exhibited widely in London, other UK cities, and internationally. Elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours in 2019 and a member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art since 2013, Claire continues to contribute significantly to the art community. She currently resides and works on the Southeast coast of England.

 Claire's artistic process is deeply rooted in drawing, emphasising the development of her observational and mark-making skills. Her narrative paintings focus on human subjects, still life, interiors and landscapes, often blending these elements within a single composition. She primarily uses watercolour for its versatility and fluidity, dedicating herself fully to one painting at a time to ensure each piece is imbued with a unique spirit and atmosphere. Her work is meticulously crafted, involving extensive research and layering of paint and techniques, from gestural to finely detailed brushwork.