About the artist Clare Kent
Clare (Born 1971) lives in the Kent countryside with her two girls and her dog. She has a BA in Printed textiles and an MA in Fine art-painting. After a few years of selling her textile designs around the world. Clare went back to art school to study her true passion, painting. She received ‘The Villiers David award’ for outstanding achievement. After art school she continued to paint, showing her work in solo and group exhibitions.
In 2008 she had her first child, Holly. In 2017 she began painting again. And hasn’t looked back. Taking inspiration from the beautiful ever changing countryside around her she takes a lot of photos on her walks and finds a way of bringing what she sees into her artwork.
Rare illuminations make our lives worth living. Joy, happiness and beauty are often not where we think we will find them but in moments. The low sun shining on a tree encompasses the darkness and the light. The shadows enhance the sun kissed areas. The beauty is in the real, the colour, the shapes, the twists and turns, the ageing, the raw, the scars, the individual. The bare bones of the trees before summer has adorned them with its decoration of leaves and flowers. Who they really are. Who we really are. Looking at something in a different light or from a new perspective, brown becomes purple and orange and yellow and green and pink if you really look.
The vines of the ivy and old man beard live on their host. Weaving and wrapping themselves around the trees. They must be careful not to strangle the tree as if the host dies it could die too. The tangled webs we weave, the relationships we are given and create, how we interact with one another. Nature has its balance. It is a metaphor for us to realise that life works best with all the good bits as well as the shadows and the mundane. They all enhance each other to give life flow and interest. There is a constant struggle to reach moments of joy. The twists and turns of what it is to be human. Too much or too little can cause destruction. Some kind of life balance is the goal. To welcome the yin and the yang.
It is important to show the beauty in nature in its rawest state in a forgotten hidden forest. The worlds plastic is suffocating our planet a little bit more each day. In our woodlands, in our seas, on our beaches and even in the fish we eat. We should look to nature to learn how to live in balance with it and ourselves. Everything humanity does as a whole is too much. The balance has been tipped and unless it is dealt with soon the destruction will be devastating. Our woodlands are ancient wonders of our world. They sustain the lives of animals, insects, plants and trees. The natural wonders of this planet. Without these the world would be unbalanced. These things are what make our world special, how we connect to the bigger picture. For our souls to be at peace.