Biography

claire russell
Claire lives in Gloucestershire with her husband, daughter and step-son. She has an established picture framing business, specializing in frame restoration and gilding. 
 
She uses her extensive knowledge of gilding and an abundance of glass off cuts to create her Verre Églomisé pieces, combining her life-long love of drawing and art education, which include an Art and Design Diploma and a Degree in Design.
Verre Églomisé
Gold leaf is 8x8cm and expensive, which is why Claire choses to draw her subjects in miniature. Her insipiration predominantly comes from the natural world, as she has always had a fascination with insects, birds, reptiles, tree and plant life.

Her miniature work was awarded in 2015 and 2016 at the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers exhibition in London with the 'Gold Memorial Bowl Honourable Mention'. She was also elected as an Associate member (ARMS) in 2016 and had two articles published in the summer and autumn editions of Artists & Illustrators magazine. 

In 2017, Claire exhibited and sold works at the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) Bristol in the Autumn exhibition and the bi annual ‘Drawn’ exhibition. Also exhibiting work with the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington DC (MPSGS). 
Full member RMS
In 2018 Claire became a member of the Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF) receiving an award for her Botanical work ‘Autumn’s Bounty’. She also exhibited and sold work at the Hilliard Society in Somerset and The Snow Goose Gallery in Pennsylvania, USA. 

Claire has also been honoured this year by being elected as a full member of the Royal Miniature Society (RMS) a year early.

For the 2019 Miniature Art Society of Florida exhibtion Claire's work ‘Pleasant Pheasant' has received an award in the Bird category.

Events

Buckingham palace

In May 2018 Claire and four others had the honour of attending the 70th Birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales in the beautiful grounds of Buckingham palace. 

Based on continuing contribution and commitment to the Royal Miniature Society, Mrs Claire Hucker (Russell), Miss Rosalind Pierson, Mrs Marian Tumelty, Miss Helen White and Mrs Jenny Walbank (Musker) attended.

awards

  • Plesant Pheasant Verre Églomisé
  • Miniature art society of Florida
Miniature Society of Florida
SECOND PLACE BIRD CATEGORY 2019
  • Autumns bounty Verre Églomisé
  • certificate
Miniature Society of Florida
SECOND PLACE FLORAL & BOTANICAL CATEGORY 2018
  • Claire Russell with Lennox Cato
  • Common lizard
Royal Miniature Society
GOLD BOWL HONORABLE MENTION 2016
  • Claire Russell with Gervase Phinn
  • I'm watching you!
Royal Miniature Society 
GOLD BOWL HONORABLE MENTION 2015

2019 Exhibitions

Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. Nov 18, 2018 - Jan 6 2019.

Miniature Society of Florida Annual exhibition January 20th - February 10th.

The Snow Goose Gallery - Miniatures from Around the World. May 5- June 9, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

Bath Society of Artists - 18th May to 29th June. Victoria Art Gallery, Bridge Street, Bath.

Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers28th November - Sunday 8th December. Mall Galleries, London.

articles

  • artists and illustrators magazine
  • frizz the bantam
2016 Summer edition of Artists and Illustrators magazine
  • artists and illustrators autumn edition
  • Autumns Bounty
2016 autumn edition of Artists and Illustrators magazine