Watercolour Paintings and Graphite Sketches by Claire Bartlett
Following a growing involvement in community arts, Claire took a degree at Newcastle upon Tyne and then spent many years working in that field – building carnival structures, making props and costumes for street theater performers, painting giant banners, making and animating latex puppets etc., then founded Sit and Fidget, dedicated to providing art activities in the community. Much of the work was with target groups, including offenders and people with special needs.
She moved to Southend following a bereavement, and founded Southend Youth Arts, a small charity which is still running. Much of the groups work was theatre based, but now Claire is returning to her roots in visual art and once again developing her own practice.
She mainly uses watercolour in conjunction with other media to produce fluid, expressive images while also exploring graphite.