IMG_9344 - smallClare has expressed her passion for colour & visual art in many different ways.    She studied Japanese painting, Stencilling and Decorative wall paint finishes in detail and worked in that field for 4 years in London, UK and Boston, USA  before returning to Sydney where she taught decorative finishes and worked as a painter, caterer and florist.  She has a Visual Arts Diploma and a Transpersonal Art Therapy Diploma and currently runs workshops for adults and children using Art and craft for insight, personal growth and lots of fun!

In 1996 she co-founded a Colour and Design consultancy, Colourmark Design in Sydney. As well as working as an Interior Designer for both commercial and domestic clients she has designed large wall murals for public spaces.

Nature, environmental issues, feelings and emotions are her constant inspiration. Every day brings new connections, disconnections and new possibilities, ideas and projects. She is excited to share her way of looking at the world with others.  She is particularly concerned with the amount of waste of natural resources and is constantly exploring opportunities to re-use and recycle these items in a creative way.  She makes baskets and other forms from Bangalow Palm husks and other natural fibres from her garden and nearby places.

Since moving to Byron Bay in 2003 she has been actively involved with community and environmental issues.   Inspired by morsbags.com she jointly founded a community “pod” (called Boomerang Bags)  and used fabric donated from her local Op shop to make into shopping bags.  Over a 2 year period the group worked with teenagers, aged care groups and a number of Festivals  to make and give away over 1100 bags.  They also raised awareness and campaigned successfully to make Bangalow a plastic bag free village.

In 2009 Clare was one of five artists to receive a “highly commended” for her entry in the Country Energy Landscape painting Prize.

In 2010 she was selected as a finalist for the biennial Redland Art Awards.

In 2011 she received a Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy and occasionally works with individuals and groups.

She also continues to work as a designer for Colourmark Design for clients in Sydney, Melbourne and Byron Bay

Contact Clare by email: Clarehopkinsart@gmail.com or on her mobile 0425 307715


Women in the Landscape – June 1 to August 27, Henry’s Cafe Gallery, Lismore 
Byron Bay Arts Classic – January 6 to 11, Byron Bay Commuity Centre, Byron Bay


A Dying Art: Exhibition - November 12 to 13, Mullumbimby Civic Hall
WOMAN - Solo, Blue Bicycle Gallery, Byron Bay (click for video)
Kings School Art Show - Parramatta, Sydney 


Redlands Art Award – Finalist
Carnivale Artfest - St Madelaines Primary, Kenthurst
New Lease - Art Piece Gallery, Mullumbimby
Riverview College Art Show - Riverview, SYDNEY
Countryscapes - Country Energy Landscape Prize - Finalist, Chifley Towers, SYDNEY  (one of 5 Highly Commended Finalists – for work “Seventeen”  which sold at this exhibition)
River of Life - Northern RIvers Gallery, BALLINA
Featured Artist -  Bay Leaf Cafe, BYRON BAY  (Dec/Jan)
Byron Arts Classic - Byron Community Centre, BYRON BAY


Banging Doors, Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne
Byron Bay Arts Award, Finalist, Buddha Bar, Byron Bay
FEVHA - Summer Art, A & I Hall, Bangalow
Sculpture by the Tree, Federal Park, Byron Bay
Countryscapes, Country Energy Art Prize, Highly Commended Finalist, Lismore Regional Gallery
Caldera Art Prize, Murwillumbah Gallery
FEVHA, A & I Hall, Bangalow


Border Art Prize, Murwillumbah Regional Art Gallery
Art Conservation Gallery, Melbourne
“Panache” Waywood Gallery, Byron Bay


Border Art Prize, The Gold Coast City Art Gallery
Expo, Ocean Shores Community Centre
Elements, The Black Apple, Alstonville
Flash in the pan, Waywood Gallery, Byron Bay
One,  Solo,  Bangalay, Bangalow

Previous years
2002 The Dream Makers, Northshore School of Art, Spit Junction
1997 School of Colour & Design, Visual Arts Diploma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
1996 School of Colour & Design, Associate Diploma, Rocks Gallery, Sydney
1995 Mixed Media, Laurel Street Arts Centre, Willoughby

Corporate Installations of Art work
2001 2D Mural for Heimann Foods, (Entry foyer, Head Office), Homebush
2000 2D Mural for Photolibrary.com, (Board room, Head Office), North Sydney
1999 3D Mural for Brave Communications, (Board room), St Leonards
1998 2D Mural for Centre for Corporate Strategy, (Reception area) North Sydney

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