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Clare Balding

I live on the borders of Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire in the beautiful Welland Valley.

I am largely self taught though over the years I've attended various courses with some wonderful artists such as Sam Dalby in Yorkshire.

2020 has strangely been a good year for me with regard to painting.  I have taken part in an initiative to paint the portraits of NHS workers for free in a small effort to 'give something back' and have taken part in SkyArts Portrait Artist of the Week on Facebook live, winning one of the weeks with a portrait of Clare Balding and coming third another time with a portrait of Samira Ahmed.



I work predominantly in oils. I like to talk to my client to find out what they're hoping for and usually through a combination of sittings and photographs try to capture their essence and of course, likeness!  During Covid we are slightly limited with regard to sittings but I can talk through what I might require from photographs and then agree together with them which images best represent them.

Past work selected for

Adam Portrait Award NZ 2006

Ing Discerning Eye 2020

Society of Women Artists 2021


Joint Exhibition Skibo Carnegie Club Easter 2022


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Phone:  07904642244