DOWSON, Claire Louise

1945 - ?

Claire Louise Dowson

Born at Lowestoft, Suffolk in 1945, daughter of Frederick Charles W. Dowson (1905-1987) and his wife Sylvia Louise née Swetman (1910-1990), who married at Croydon in 1940. Claire studied at the Camberwell School of Art in London gaining a Diploma in Art & Design in 1963; West of England (Painting School) 1964 and Keswick Hall College of Education, Norwich gaining a Certificate of Education 1976. She married at Bristol in 1965, Alexander Bjornson but continued to paint as Claire Louise Dowson. After a teaching career in various inland parts of the country and bringing up her two children she retired to the town of her birth. A painter working in oils, watercolour and mixed media and now a full-time self-employed artist, working in the shed-studio in her garden. Her painting is an immediate, emotional response from close observation of a natural subject using pencil or watercolour to a semi-abstract oil which dictates its own mood or atmosphere. The pounding of the waves on the shore is like the heartbeat of the World, both soothing and awe-inspiring the Suffolk coast, with its relentlessly changing mood and vast skies, provides the unique atmosphere that she expresses in her paintings. She has exhibited her work in galleries all over East Anglia, including Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, the Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh, the Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings, Ferini Art Gallery, Pakefield, Lowestoft; the Upstairs Gallery, Beccles, “Art for All”, Norwich and is a member of Suffolk Open Studios from Dove Cottage, 8 Willow Road, Pakefield, Lowestoft. She has also exhibits regularly at the Mall Galleries, London.

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