Clare Parkes

Clare is a wildlife and pet portrait artist based in Hertfordshire, working predominantly in pastel. Clare graduated in 2008 with a degree in Fine Art, and then went on to work at Madame Tussauds as a wax figure painter. It was whilst working here that she discovered her love of realism and detail. Clare has always had a passion for wildlife and art, and loves being able to capture the little individual quirks and personality of each animal, drawing your eye in to characteristics which might sometimes be overlooked. She finds pastel pencils work well to achieve a high level of detail, with many delicate layers going into each portrait. Clare has exhibited at the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation 'Wildlife Artist of the Year' exhibition for the past four years, and with The Federation of British Artists as part of their 60th anniversary figurative art exhibition. She is also a member of The Society of Animal Artists.”