Claire Cockayne ~ Sunflower Series {preview}

That feeling when you walk into someone’s home and your eye can’t help but be drawn directly to the artwork on the walls…

So it was in artist Claire Cockayne’s home, when she invited me round for coffee this morning.

I’ve known Claire for a couple of years; we bump into each other around town or walking the dogs, and you know you’ve found a kindred spirit when they arrive to see you with an armful of garden trimmings…

 “because I know you’ll make something beautiful out of them” {click here for link to what I created}.

Glancing around her kitchen, while she warmed milk on the stove, I couldn’t help but smile at all the happy-making art she’s carefully curated; many of the pieces by artist friends, she has an infectious laugh and a story about all of them…and that same sense of joy is captured in her own pieces.

Claire has an aesthetic so organically beautiful, an incredible eye for colour, and like me, she’s passionate about the evolving beauty in the natural world around us; it’s a clear influence in her ever expanding portfolio of work.

Claire was formally trained in Liverpool & London, and has been exhibiting all over the UK for the past two decades… So I was thrilled to hear that throughout May she’ll be sharing her work here, in Ely.

Ahead of her debut at the Old Fire Engine House Gallery , I couldn’t resist a preview of her ‘Sunflower Series’; generously she allowed me to sneak a few shots here of some of the finished pieces in her studio this morning:

I asked Claire to share some her inspiration behind the ‘Sunflower Series’;

I was inspired by a summer’s drive through France. Arrested by the sudden sight of field upon field of sunflowers…

Such was the impact, we stopped the car & spent an hour taking it in & snapping away…

I loved the contrast of green alpine countryside & bright yellow sunflowers.

The so-called Sunflower series is searching to capture that moment of sheer joy!

Claire will be exhibiting on the ground floor of the Old Fire Engine House gallery from Friday 6th May until 29th May 2016. I do hope you can pop along for a chance to buy something joy-making for your walls.

If you can’t come along in person – you can find Claire’s website here.

Jess x

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