Claire HeatonI am an artist and illustrator living and working in East Anglia in the U.K. I have been painting for as long as I can remember and I studied at Southend College of Art in the 1980's . I have had several successful exhibitions in the last few years and as a result, my work is in private collections in the UK and also in Europe I work in a variety of media, but currently I am enjoying the vibrancy and immediacy of acrylics.
My influences include....
Literature: the author Charles De Lint, who has created inspiring characters full of music and magic.
Juliet Marillier's books with their strong female characters and Celtic lore.
Music: All music can be inspirational, and my backing tracks for painting range from Folk to Classical to Rock.
Nature: The beautiful British countryside, its history and ancient places, particularly the mists and mystery of its woodland and trees.