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Waimakariri Artists in lockdown. Part 3: Clare Wilcox

Clare Wilcox of Rangiora has had to turn to creative pursuits other than her painting during this time, with her studio occupied by 19 year old daughter Sidney, home from Massey University and needing to continue her studies. In her Pre Veterinary Science year, Sidney has needed a quiet space to continue her study.


“She is our number one priority so I was quite happy to lose my space so she can continue with her education,” says her mother.


Clare has been used to having peace and quiet during the day but with Air NZ pilot husband also home she has found other ways to find creativity.


For the first week she was anxious about the realisation that her usual outlets for the sale of her paintings were no longer viable and had not prepared by buying in canvasses so that she could continue painting.


But after that initial disquiet and with her daughter home, she soon settled into a different lifestyle.


“I’ve been crocheting, knitting and making cards and we’ve really enjoyed having Sidney home with us.  I’ve enjoyed the change and I’ve decided it’s a good time to refocus the brain.”


Clare’s paintings are bright and glossy depicting map like lines in intriguing patterns and they can be found in public and commercial premises all over the district as well as in homes nationwide.


Her work also sells well to tourists. Napier, Queenstown and Waipara are three tourist destinations where many of her paintings have been bought and shipped all over the world, but with our borders closed this market will no longer be there, possibly for some time.


“I’m not too stressed about it although exhibitions have been cancelled as well and so all artists are having to look at other ways to sell their work.


“The Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch Art Shows have all gone online so it’s a whole new way of selling art that I’ll have to get into.”


Clare still has a commission to do once her studio is free again in a future that is otherwise very uncertain.

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