It's a long way from the baking heat of the high veld to the enclosed snowy hills of Dunedin, yet Claire Beynon's cloud, sea and sky-scape pastel works touch anyone with an eye for the brooding emotion and subtlety of light and landscape. Her evocative works are known to Christchurch arts patrons through the Arthouse on Montreal Street.
Claire was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and emigrated with her husband (a locum at Dunedin hospital) and three children in November 1994. She was a finalist in the Cranleigh Barton drawing awards in 1999 and 2003 and runner up in 2001. As well as her art, Claire loves literature and combines poetic and visual images to a high level of professionalism in both media. Her poem "The Mystery Sonatas won the 2002 NZ Poetry Society international competition and she was a guest poet at the Christchurch WEA poetry reading in September...
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