Being raised on the coast of Vancouver Island, Claire Watson was immersed in the natural culture of the ocean early in life. She’s had many opportunities to travel and explore by sea much of the coastline of North America mostly by sailboat or salmon packer in which she developed a deep connection and admiration for this coast. The rugged shores, ocean swells, hardy forest fringes, mountain vistas, starry nights, dynamic daily changes in light and weather, secluded beaches… a rugged, yet fragile landscape makes up the environment she calls home.
Claire works in pen & ink, watercolour, acrylic and digital. She is known for her stylized fine line work, organic colour palette, and capturing the unique personality of the west coast in her wildlife, ocean and landscapes. Whether it be on paper, canvas, apparel, surfboards or walls, she aspires to bring the outdoors home as she believes time in nature soothes the soul. People protect what they love and Claire wants to use her art as a way to connect people with the environment and therefore remind people of the importance of its protection.
Claire works as an artist, illustrator & graphic designer on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Having lived on the water for so many years, she loves collaborating with businesses and organizations that think bigger than just themselves. She has worked with companies, organizations and outdoor brands such as Patagonia, Buff, HSBC, BC Ferries, Nature’s Path Organic Foods, Canadian Surfing Association, Relais & Chateau’s The Wickaninnish Inn, amongst others. Her largest accomplishment thus far is a limited edition commemorative coin designed for the Royal Canadian Mint in 2019.
She is a proud member of 1% For The Planet, and chooses to support Pacific Wild as they work to preserve, protect and educate about this coastline and all that lives in it.
“Being an avid sailor/live aboard and having grown up (and raised my kids) on the west coast, I feel strongly about the protection of marine mammals and west coast wildlife, salmon habitats, and clean and healthy oceans free of plastics and other toxins. I love that Pacific Wild has so many active campaigns that I resonate with.”