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Claire is a professional full-time artist working from her studio in a small village in Yorkshire, UK. With over two decades of artistic experience, Claire has skillfully melded her two deepest passions: art and the natural world. Her artistic journey commenced in the 1990's when she started drawing commissioned pet portraits in graphite, but it was in 2002 when she ventured into the realm of coloured pencil, that she pursued diligently to evolve both her craft and her business.

Incorporating acrylic painting into her repertoire marked a significant shift and turning point for Claire, introducing a whole new dimension to her creative process. This transformative shift not only enriched her work but also instilled a profound sense of fulfillment and inner peace.

"Drawing may be my roots, but painting allows my soul to fly" 

Claire Milligan Artist
Claire Milligan Artist
Claire Milligan Artist
Claire Milligan Artist

From a young age, Claire harboured a deep-seated aspiration to pursue a career as an artist. With unwavering determination and resolute focus, she navigated through her early adulthood, resolutely committed to making her artistic dreams a reality. Her calling as an artist has always been an unwavering, resolute force in her life.

"My purpose has been clear from the outset. To be an artist, create beautiful works of art and share them with the world, a lifelong commitment I knew I was destined to fulfill"

Claire's original work and range of limited edition prints grace the walls of hundreds of collectors across the globe. Her wellspring of inspiration flows from the natural world, and she consistently endeavours to infuse every piece with genuine emotion and soul, aiming to touch the hearts of those who experience her art. 

Claire Milligan Artist
Claire Milligan Artist

“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone's task is unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.”

― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Claire's specialisation lies in an intricate, highly realistic style, meticulously rendering the soul and essence of each animal in breathtaking detail. Her exclusive focus centres on the development of her wildlife and nature collection. However, in 2019 she extended her artistic reach by launching an ongoing series of art classes, an endeavor that brings immense joy as she witnesses her student's achievements. With a global reach, Claire now imparts her technique to a diverse community of eager learners worldwide.

Claire Milligan Artist

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray”

― Rumi

Claire Milligan Artist - Elephant Coloured Pencil Drawinga

EXHIBITIONS, PUBLICATIONS & RECOGNITION

In 2016 Claire exhibited at the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art.

In 2018 she was the featured cover artist of the February edition of 'Colored Pencil Magazine'.

 

In 2019 she was invited to be featured in Ann Kullberg's DRAW: Wildlife book, published in bookstores around the world.

In January 2020 her drawing of a sleeping 'Koala' raised over $6,350 for the Australian Bushfire appeal with her Limited Edition Prints of the drawing selling out in less than 2 hours. 

In May 2020 'Tim of Amboseli' was shortlisted for the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London.

Claire's continues to be a keen supporter of wildlife conservation and often supports wildlife charities through her artwork. Charities she has supported to date include WWF, Bumblebee Conservation Society, Wildlife Victoria, RSPB and David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.

Claire Milligan Artist
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