How did Clare become Northern Ireland’s Professional Life Model? The Woman Behind the Muse
Clare has worked in a variety of roles throughout her career from lowly potato picking as a girl to delivering presentations on social policy at European level. Clare even once participated with the police on an operation in Caracas, Venezuela! For over 10 years Clare supported other lone parents through Gingerbread NI, volunteering in many areas including Chair for a several years, & latterly designing and directly training lone parents wishing build up their self-esteem and return to work outside of the home. Clare still supports the voluntary sector & parents, regularly contributing to parenting forums and supporting parents worldwide via micro financing organisation KIVA.
After brief spells of catwalk, photographic & promotional modelling, Clare took on a client list of artists & began life modelling, moving to full-time life modelling as NI’s only professional life model in 2009.
Clare has amassed professional standard art equipment – easels, custom-built art donkeys, boards, podiums, chaise longue etc, & a range of art media, including materials for sculpture, all of which are available to hire as a mobile life studio unit to your own venue, or included in the workshops Clare runs herself in Framewerk, Haptik & other venues. In addition Clare, an avid reader herself, has a small library of art related texts for artists & students to look through & on occasion borrow for specific projects.
2012 saw the start of Clare’s ongoing mission to improve the quality & standing of life modelling in Northern Ireland, offering professional life modelling training to trainees & speaking out about the standard of life modelling in general. Clare believes if you are paying for a professional service then you should definitely receive a professional service. Coupled with this is Clare’s work to increase understanding of how hard well-trained life models work & to promote respectful & thoughtful attitudes among those hiring life models.
Clare has appeared in the media supporting charitable & community campaigns for many years. In 2013 Clare featured on the front cover of the Belfast Telegraph & inside in a three page feature discussing her work as a professional life model & the emerging renewal of interest in life drawing in Northern Ireland. This followed on from a smaller feature in the Down Recorder promoting her workshops in the Down Arts Centre. Clare has also been featured on the BBC in connection to her life modelling – Marie-Louise Muir’s ArtsExtra & The John Toal Show on Radio Ulster, & with OJ Borg on the National Lottery Show. Clare has appeared supporting the Crescent in its RICS entry & has given talks on Life Modelling to raise the profile of the profession & dispel myths about the art at Blick Studios ‘Un-conference’ Conference.
Clare also opened the first private, professional life studio in Northern Ireland in 2014 which functioned as both as a ‘studio with model for hire’ & a venue for small specialised workshops, with the occasional exhibition of works. Renowned local artist and bon vivant Bill Gatt was there for the opening and local media presenter & journalist Sonia Butterworth opened Clare’s first joint exhibition “Not Just a Bowl of Fruit” with Patrick Mohan. The premises were not available into 2015 and Clare has in turn taken the Life Studio ‘on tour’ to other venues – such as Framewerk in East Belfast & Haptik in Newtownards.
Instinctively adopts an interesting pose and HOLDS it – forever! Excellent to work with.
Posture and holding the pose are only an element of life modelling, Clare manages to evoke a narrative too. Truly professional and supportive of the requirements of an artist.
4 hour life class – Crescent, Perfect model, poise ,position – everything.
Very good – nice pose!
Very good, perfectly still, great pose, 4 hours Crescent.
Good dynamic poses, good hand movements. Overall good variety of poses. Very good at long hold poses & very friendly 🙂
Clare is a very professional model. Knows good poses to challenge artists + can maintain pose for long periods. Excellent model!
You were brilliant. Thank you!
Thanks Clare, great poses this morning, I loved the tan and the sheen on your legs. Thanks for holding both difficult poses for so long, without a wobble. Hope your arms don’t ache too much.
A True professional Clare did an amazing Job posing all day at the Sea Bangor event. several thousand people from all ages attended, that and the sound of two hurricane fighter jets doing a fly by Clare remaind composed whilst the artist (me) ducked with the sound ..claire never moved. I cant recommend her enough she manages to hold not only the pose but capture the narrative of the theme. Brilliant.