Clare Woods is an intuitive abstract artist based in Matakana and in
Torbay, Auckland, New Zealand.
She has always painted and has vivid memories of bright colours
and patterns spilling over walls from painting windows as a child.
It is that freedom to be creative that lead to a successful career in
design. Having studied various art forms, Clare majored in graphic
design. After working as an art director for several leading
advertising agencies, in 1999 Clare started her own design
company and began specialising in educational book design.
Clare has explored many mediums including clay, printing and fibre
art. She now predominantly paints in acrylics on canvas and often
incorporates mediums such as pencil, crayon or pastel in her mark
making. Clare also enjoys collage and is exploring this further.
She uses techniques such as complex layering and mark making to
tell an underlining story with thick and experimental tool paint
Similar marks and shapes, such as the arch, repeat in her work and
compose a unique signature style. A fingerprint of pools, lines,
paths and pattern. Nature is often a source of inspiration, as in her
Clares work is joyful and colourful and vibrant.