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 some excellent teachers and mentors to whom she is very grateful. Special thanks to Colin Ian Christie, Paul Mowat (Edinburgh Drawing School) and Kittie Jones.
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.
The Aberfeldy Gallery
The Quay Gallery
Aberdour Art Festival, 2022, 2019, 2018
Fife Open Art Exhibition (commended 2017 & 2020)