Behind the Scenes with Clare Thatcher

Common elements in Clare Thatchers art practice are “coastal and tidal areas where the land meets the water as a liminal space, a place of transition.”

Her exhibition ‘Transition of Place’ is showing in our Case Gallery from 20 October through to 17 November as part of our ‘A Case for Place: Emerging Artists Proposals’; a professional development programme for early career or emerging practitioners whose work and concepts are around place-based subjects.

Clare is “interested in particular landscape features that have an overwhelming effect on” her “dramatic cliffs, rock formations, erosion and fault lines, all created by the natural elements. Landscape and geological forms.” Clare describes this as having been “a gradual continual development by returning to particular areas that are easily accessible walking, drawing and observing.Thinking about composition, form and of course colour.”

Clare Thatcher

Clare Thatcher, drawing on location, North Cornish Coast.


Muller & slab, lead red pigment and cold pressed linseed oil


Clare creates her own pigments and considers “the process of making your own paint from pigment [as] very satisfying as you are in control of what is added.” and “the impact of a colour varies as to what colour lies next to it and beneath it.” “The build-up of pure pigment is as relevant as the subtle shift of tonal qualities.”


In the studio, working in series


The quotes and excerpts included here are taken from an interview between Clare Thatcher and Linda Ingham, featured in our Catalogue accompanying Clare’s exhibition, available to buy here at Gallery Steel Rooms.

‘Transition of place’ is part of a large continuing body of work that encapsulates moments of place, further details can be viewed via our exhibitions page.