About Claire

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
— Oscar Wilde

Claire Paulin is an emerging artist from Quebec City, working mainly in acrylics and oils. She has also lived in Goose Bay, Labrador, Montreal, Edmonton, Zurich, Bahrain and has travelled extensively in the Far East. She recently returned to Canada and is based in Ottawa after 17 years abroad. Art has always been a part of her life, but is now at the forefront. She started painting in water colours and has embraced oils and acrylics. Experimenting, improvising, creating and evolving are her motivations. Claire’s bold and dynamic pieces have found their way to private collections here and abroad.

I paint flowers so they won’t die
— Frida Kahlo


I am a late bloomer and a mostly self-taught lifelong artist. When I create art, it is always a new journey of self-discovery. I love the roller coaster ride that starts with an empty canvas. Through ups and downs, self-doubt and elation, and finally with the satisfaction, I end on a high with a work of art. Nothing can compare to the feeling of concluding a painting with the final touch of a signature, knowing that you have created something from nothing. To have such enjoyment and to have the honour of showing it to the outside world; there lies a great part of my motivation to create art.

My themes are always about subjects that have touched me deeply. For example, I started painting florals after the passing of my mother. She loved flowers, gardens, and all the beauty in the world. Painting flowers makes me feel like my mother is still with me and that she would enjoy my florals and their aesthetic value. I normally work in oil and acrylic on canvas. However, I am ever learning and evolving. My last theme CANADA 150 was in mixed media on canvas, wood panels and including wine and champagne corks in cradle boards.

After living in Europe and the Middle East for 17 years, returning to Canada has made me feel renewed pride for my country.

That series was abstract and figurative; filled with symbolism of all that is Canadian and the people who lived here from past to present.

Presently I am working on a new series called BRIGITTE ET SES PARASOLS or BRIGITTE AND HER PARASOLS. Brigitte is a very important person in my life. She is a sister, mother, aunt, a dear friend, a confidant, my muse, and so much more.

Life is an odyssey. I would like to express mine through my art, and you are welcome to join me…