About Clare Blois

CLARE BLOIS ran her own successful gallery in the Highlands before "retiring" to concentrate on the development of her own work.  She originally studied textiles and painting with the Open College of the Arts and has won several accolades including the prestigious JD Fergusson Arts Award, presented in memory of the Scottish Colourist painter. She has been an invited artist at the Discerning Eye Exhibition in London, and  exhibits widely in Scotland and beyond. 

"I believe that that there is creativity in everyone, and I am fortunate to have discovered painting as the vehicle for mine.  (I also like to cook, and there are many parallels).  It occurs to me that whilst artists are expected to write a "statement" to explain their work and thought process in words, there is, unfairly, no requirement for an author to personally illustrate their book, however obscure the text!  Nonetheless, for those kindly taking time to look at my paintings, I am happy to follow convention: 

I am a landscape painter and in the tradition of many Scottish artists I am inspired by the physical qualities of oil paint and the possibilities it provides in terms of colour, movement and texture. I am completely in awe of the astonishing forces of nature here in the Highlands and I like to get out amongst them, working en plein air as much as I can, often coming home with plentiful small oil or watercolour sketches which are the starting point larger works in the studio.

 My finished works are not primarily about the locations that inspired them (whose names I usually forget) but more about what I felt when I was there on that day. The painting also needs to stand apart from any source or connotations as a satisfying visual combination of canvas, composition and paint.

I work fast and largely instinctively and I generally put on a lot of paint and remove even more.  I have been described as a "gestural colourist who enjoys moving paint around the canvas". Well, that's what painting is, and I suppose a bit of gesturing often comes into it!

My simple and sincere objective is for honesty in my work in making paintings that convey the exhilaration I feel as I explore the Highland land, sea, wind, rain and sun. I am thrilled if others can feel it too, but it requires no analysis or justification. I am a painter, not a writer."

Clare works both from her home near Beauly and her studio at the new Inverness Creative Academy (WASPS). See the Contact page for details.


  Eden Court, Inverness
  Kilmorack Gallery, Beauly
  2003 and 2004: Inverness City "Best Artist" Award (public vote)
  2004: Fergusson Gallery, Perth, awarded solo exhibition
  Highland Open 
  Castle Gallery, Inverness 
  Affordable Art Fair, London
  Glasgow Art Fair
  Aberdeen Artists Exhibition
  Edinburgh Contemporary Art Fair 
  Peacock Printers Gallery, Aberdeen 
  Aberfeldy Gallery 
  Milton Gallery, Banchory 
  Highlands Open Studios Exhibition  (fine art prize)
  Limetree Gallery, Fort William
  Greens & Blues Gallery, North Berwick
  Ealain Gallery, Stirling
  Resipole Gallery, Archaracle
  Nairn Book & Arts Fair , generally annually  
  Solo Exhibition,”Drift”: Morven Gallery, Isle of Lewis
  Jerdan Gallery, Crail
  Morningside Gallery, Edinburgh  
  Tore Art Gallery
  Iona Gallery, Oxfordshire
  Joint Exhibition, Strathearn Gallery
  Inverness Airport
  Macgregor Fine Arts, Glasgow
  The Fotheringham Gallery, Bridge of Allan
  Strathpeffer Art Fair, annually
  Inchmore Gallery
  Beauly Gallery
  Discerning Eye, London 2012 (invited artist)
  The Velvet Easel Gallery, Edinburgh
  Bealach Gallery, Kishorn
  Highwayman's Gallery, Bury St Edmunds
  "Moving Mountains" - Selected exhibition/competition, An Ealdhain, Fort William
  Canvas Gallery, Winchester
   New Forest Arts Centre
  Sherfield School Gallery
  UHI Campus, Inverness
  Redcastle Art Group, Cromarty Stables, annually
  Riccio Gallery, Dalkeith
  Lochcarron Gallery
  Corner on the Square, Beauly, ongoing
  Claire Innes Gallery, Fort William 2018
  Ardconnel Court, Inverness 2018
  Borders Art Fair, Kelso 2018
  Nairn Book and Arts Fair 2018
  Castle Gallery, Inverness 2018, 2019
  Aberfeldy Gallery 2018, 2019
  Morven Gallery, Isle of Lewis 2018, 2019
  Torridon Gallery 2018, 2019
  Redcastle Art Group, Cromarty Stables, annually
  Gallery 48, Cromarty 2018
  Holroyd Gallery, Ballachulish 2018
  Laundry Gallery, Aviemore 2018
  Moray Arts Centre, Winter 2018
  1896 Gallery, Boat of Garten 2019
  Iona Gallery, Kingussie 2019
  "North Coast on Canvas" at Carnegie Hall, Dornoch 2019

 Clare has contributed to numerous charity exhibitions including Art in Healthcare,
 Highland Hospice, MacMillan, Marie Curie, Sick Kids, Lifespan, etc.

  She is happy to discuss commissions, on a no obligation basis.

"Clare Blois is clearly in command of her medium and combines  passion and technique in equal measure"  (The Times)



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