Claire was born in Bath, Wiltshire and moved to Kent when she was six. She always loved drawing from an early age and remembers being asked by school mates to draw rabbits for them! After school she studied Fine Art at the Kent Institute of Art and Design in Canterbury where she achieved a BA degree in Painting. She moved to London in 1995 and stumbled through many different jobs until she started painting portraits and studying children’s illustration at Putney School of Art. Here she produced her first dummy book for Small Florence, which was then published and started her dream career as an author illustrator.
In 2007 she wrote her own course on writing and illustrating picture books which she has been teaching ever since in local libraries, bookshops, and more recently at the House of Illustration. She regularly visits schools and enjoys drawing for children.