Clare Russell was born in Perth in 1972 and grew up in Pitlochry, Perthshire.
She has been a self-taught artist since 2006, overlapping with a 20 year career in science and engineering. Clare admits that taking the self-taught route has been hard.
"Art isn’t a straight learning path like science - you have to find your own way - often going sideways or retracing your steps. It's taken a huge amount of hard work and determination to get this far."
Fortunately she’s been helped on the way by two excellent mentors to whom she is very grateful; artist Colin Ian Christie has been providing encouragement for many years and Paul Mowat at Edinburgh Drawing School helped Clare develop the series method of working that she enjoys.
In April 2017, Clare finally made the move to work on her art full-time. She is now based at her home studio in Fife, near the shores of the Firth of Forth.
Clare also teaches drawing and painting to adults in her local area and runs workshops at Dalgety Bay Art Club.
The Aberfeldy Gallery
The Quay Gallery
Aberdour Art Festival, July 2018
Fife Open Art Exhibition (commended 2017)