Clare Philips is a New England native who works mainly in a contemporary realist style, although she frequently pushes the boundaries of her subjects toward abstraction. She strives to bring a fresh approach to each piece
she creates. Her career as an advertising art director, graphic designer and illustrator has deeply influenced her sense of composition and use of color.
A graduate of Paier College of Art and the University of Connecticut, Clare has continued her art studies through multiple classes and workshops with well known artists. She creates works in oil, pastel, graphite, colored pencil and mixed media. Her work has been exhibited in many local and regional juried shows including CT + 6 (recipient of the Daler Rowney award, 2014, and the Vasari award, 2017), and the “The National” sponsored by the Cape Cod Art Center. She has exhibited her work as part of the Friday Night Art series at the Chatham Bars Inn (2018) and in multiple group shows.
Clare is an elected member of the West Hartford Art League, and belongs to the Portrait Society of America. She currently lives and works in Hartford, CT.
"I like to explore many different subjects and art styles. After working on a meticulous realist piece, I want to grab my big brushes and take on something large and loose. My biggest problem is deciding what to work on next. Inspiration is everywhere."