Claire Casnick’s (b. Great Yarmouth, 1971) paintings demand our respect for nature through exploration of its beauty and untameable ferocity. A member of the Arborealists, Claire works predominantly with oils and charcoal using photos as source material. She lives in the Norfolk Broads.
‘As a swimmer in the bloody freezing North Sea I came across an old waterproof camera which I use to take grainy images of waves trying to drown me. My work has now turned towards these thousands of images and I am currently embarking on making large work of aforementioned intimidating waves, with one caveat — no blue allowed. A passionate hate of sickly blue paintings of the sea and the fact that the North Sea is most definitely green fuels this series.’—C.C.
‘Claire’s stylised take on our natural and human world creates beautiful compositions that lure us in. The dappled light in her forest scenes appears tangible and seductive.’—Adriana Marques