As the daughter of Ron Clare, a graphic artist of 50 years who owned his own advertising agency, I was encouraged to draw. My father saw natural ability and tried to groom me to take over the business by enrolling me in college classes at age 12. In the spirit of the rebellious teen, I pushed back and pursued degrees in Biology and chemistry. I, not so quickly, found out that the laboratory was like a prison confining and stark. In my 40’s I purchased pastels and started to experiment just putting pigment on the paper. It is amazing to see life just appear as I worked on a piece and I would work obsessively …..then nothing for months or years, encouraged by friends and my father to continue. Finally, and unfortunately, after my fathers death in 2016, I decided to try to make creating a habit, but the drive does not come naturally. I have to push myself. I recently started taking classes here at the gallery with Carol Conti and am finally learning art techniques and theory.
I am an animal lover and am a preservation breeder of Norfolk Terriers. I have to thank my husband for putting up with all my dogs and driving me to continue painting.