Born in Somerset in 1968, mixed media artist Clare Schmidt Norris currently lives and works in Devon. She received a BA Fine Art Honours from De Montfort University, Leicester and completed a PGCE Art and Design at UWIC in Wales.

In the year 2000, after two years of teaching, Clare was awarded an Art Fellowship at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York and participated in an International Exchange Programme followed by a solo show at the University of Wales Insitute, Cardiff. This aroused the first gallery interest in Clare’s work and she began to exhibit with the Washington Gallery in Penarth. Two years later she left the classroom to raise her family and spend time on her own work which she now sells and exhibits in the Southwest including most recently the Affordable Art Fair in London.

With a love of colour and pattern and inspired by both the natural and the manmade world, Clare explores different ways of combining materials and creating multi-layered surfaces. Often working on Perspex, she uses a combination of digital technology and image transfer with more traditional techniques of painting and collage to bring new and exciting dimensions to her finished images.

She has continued to work as an art educator, teaching in schools, running workshops for both adults and children and being involved in community art events and she is now Head of Art at King's College in Taunton.

Mixed /Selected Exhibitions

2014    Summer Show Millfield Gallery, Somerset

2014    Affordable Art Fair Brussels Store Street Gallery, London

2013    Winter Exhibition  Store Street Gallery, London

2013    Christmas Exhibition  Gloss Gallery, Exeter

2013    Affordable Art Fair Seattle with Store Street Gallery

2013    Affordable Art Fair London with Bell Fine Art

2013   'Arboreal' Store Street Gallery, London

2012   Affordable Art Fair Bristol with Harlequin Gallery

2012   Quartz Arts Festival, Queen’s College, Taunton

2011   ‘A Feast of Colour’ Harlequin Gallery with Kathy Ramsay-Carr

2011   Delamore Arts, Cornwood, Devon

2011   Summer Open Red Earth Gallery, Devon 

2010   Quartz Visual Arts Festival, Queen’s College,Taunton

2010   Summer Open Red Earth Gallery, Devon

2003    Christmas Open Washington Gallery, Penarth

2002   ‘Five Women’, Washington Gallery, Penarth

2001    ‘Interconnections’, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff

2000    ‘Somewhere’ Solo Show, University Wales Institute, Cardiff

Work Experience

2014 - Present  Head of Art at King's College Taunton

2010- 2012      Part time Art teacher at King’s College and Queen’s College in Taunton

2011                Delivered workshop at King’s Hall Prep School, Taunton

2011                Delivered workshop at Kingsbridge Community College, Devon

2011                Delivered workshop for Taunton Arts Group

1998 - 2003      Art Teacher, Whitchurch High School, Cardiff

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