Clare Hearne (nee Spedding) was born in Krugersdorp in 1943. Art was always a very important part of Clare’s life as her mother was an art teacher.
In her primary years she attended Krugersdorp North School, and then completed her education at Krugersdorp High School, where she received the Art Award for excellent achievement. She went on to study at Johannesburg College of Education, where she specialised in Art and Music. Clare also acquired a further Diploma (MBD) enabling her to teach intelligent children with learning difficulties such as Dyslexia and various other perceptual shortcomings.
She married David Hearne in 1965 and they have four beautiful children.
During her twenty five years of teaching young children Clare derived much pleasure from teaching art to children, but she had little time to devote to her own painting. In teaching children with learning disabilities, Clare discovered just how important art is as a therapeutic tool. Art classes helped to build confidence, and art projects helped to relax these young strugglers. This discovery lead to her resigning from her teaching post, and opening her own Art Studio, where she taught young children, young adults (Matric pupils) and adults. Opening the studio encouraged Clare to begin to take her own painting more seriously, and she became a member of the Watercolour Society of South Africa, The Miniature Society of Painters and the Brush and Chisel Club of Johannesburg.
In 2001 Clare and her husband retired to live in Dana Bay in the Western Cape. Living in Dana Bay granted more time to paint, and with so much beauty on display in the Cape, she became a full time artist. She received commissions from Corporate Companies in Namibia, as well as many of her paintings being displayed in businesses in the travel industry. Her paintings hang in many homes throughout South Africa, the United Kingdom, Germany and Canada.
Clare believes that her paintings should arise from what truly fascinates her and stirs her in some special way.
She expresses her passion on canvas through medium of oils, pastels and watercolours.
At present, Clare resides in Johannesburg.