"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time" - Thomas Merton
Irish artist Claire 'CiCi' O'Shea lives and paints in West Cork. She paints under the artist name CiCi and uses a variety of mediums in her art, including acrylics, charcoal, inks, pigments, collage and often finishing in oils, to intensify the colours and layers of her process. Her paintings can show her reflective side with themes such as memories, strength and hope recurring. Living in a West Cork the sea and coastline also a big influence on her work. The art is often vividly colourful and energetic as is her nature. Claire is mostly self taught, taking short courses and painting on and off throughout her life since she was a young teen. Losing her sister to suicide prompted her to delve more into her creative side, which helped her slow down her busy life and guide her healing processes. She uses inspiring quotes, music, memories and emotions to guide her in her creative process and endeavours to imbue that energy into her art. During the pandemic she undertook a year long intensive art mastery programme with the Milan Art Institute to further develop her skills and hone her process.
She lives with her partner James and dog Bailey in the picturesque seaside town of Kinsale in South West Ireland. They travel often in their cosy camper LuLu, to learn more about Claire, her influences and life, follow her on Instagram, click the 'Follow Me' button below