Claire was born in Borneo and spent her childhood there and her teenage years in Singapore. This time spent in Singapore where a melting pot of many different cultures meet have greatly influenced her Art, use of colour and subject matter, especially Bollywood. Claire read Felicity Kendal’s book White Cargo ,a fascinating account of her life in India and the early years of the Indian film industry which further inspired her to delve deeper. It is a perfect subject matter for her love of colour.