Clare’s mixed media murals are also composed of layers: charcoal, acrylics, and oil. Texturing elements include sand, dirt, glitter, leaf metals, and more. For centuries painters have worked over monochromatic paintings or drawings for a variety of reasons. Clare often completes an under drawing in charcoal before applying paint to keep the inherent energy of drawing alive in the painting process, and as a way of keeping the process visible. Washes and layers of acrylic color are applied before oil paint. Areas of the painting may have many layers and some only two. Dimensional textures and abstract or loose areas are juxtaposed with highly detailed areas. This creates a surface and a composition that viewers can interact with and see something new each time they return.
Scenic landscape murals have been popular over many centuries and Clare still finds that to be true amongst her clients. She has designed a series of scenic landscapes that treat some of the more popularly requested subjects. Painted in artist’s acrylic colors in many layers, the paint has a transparent quality. This allows for more interaction with light as it passes through the layers. These murals add new dimension to any interior.