Claire Sherston is a British artist who's works are vibrant and distinct, using approximate figures and bold colours to express everyday scenes in an exciting and jovial way. Claire grew up in rural Gloucestershire, surrounded by woods and valleys, so was raised learning about nature from a young age and was fascinated by the monthly and seasonal cycles of nature. This has, and continues to inform her practise and is a constant source of her inspiration.
What's a favourite memory of yours from your childhood?
My favourite childhood memories would have to be of creating and getting lost in my own little world! We grew up in a very isolated little village where there were hardly any other people, let alone other children to play with, so we became very good at entertaining ourselves. We’d always have a ‘making box’ on the table, filled with paints and scrap bits and bobs so my brother, sister and I could create whatever we liked. We’d go between roaming in the woods to painting inside the house, looking back it was very idyllic!
What was your relationship with art like as a child?
We were best friends! I can’t remember a time where I wasn’t painting and making things, It’s always been something I’ve just done, like it had to come out of me somehow!
What was the first artwork that you remember having an affect on you?
We used to have some William Morris ‘Strawberry Thief’ print curtains in my childhood home. I remember staring at the little birds in the patterns, and being so enchanted by the flowery motifs, I think that print is ingrained in my mind forever!
What do you hope a young mind will take away from your work or art in general?
I hope that a young mind would take that art doesn’t have to be the perfect, refined, version that you’re encouraged to create and replicate at school, and to stay true to yourself and whatever you feel connected to. Making art is a very personal act and you should explore whatever makes you feel happy when you’re making it!
What is your dream creative project and why?
I’d love to be let loose in a huge space! To have the freedom to create big pieces is something I’ve always dreamt of doing, it’s just tricky finding space to create large work! I’d love to paint some large murals and combine it with my textiles designs, like a huge immersive pattern experience!