Claire has been a freelance illustrator and designer for over 20 years, having studied for a Graphic Design degree in London before starting her first job in a textile design studio. After four years she decided that she would rather be her own boss and started designing and illustrating anything from toys and greetings cards to books and giftware for clients worldwide. She began to write as well as illustrate children's books and still enjoy visiting schools and libraries to talk about the book making process. In recent years Claire has concentrated more on fine art rather than illustration, painting large canvases that are often inspired by the coast and the countryside. Claire lives in Stratford upon Avon with her husband and their 2 daughters who will insist on borrowing her best paints.