Clare Barrett was born in Watford, England outside of London. After graduating as a teacher from Kent College, Clare moved to Milan and traveled throughout Europe for several years. Wanting to explore America, during the 1980s, Clare lived in Texas, California, Connecticut, and New York. In the United States, following her longstanding passion for food, Clare pursued a culinary career, working as a private chef and with Charles Keiley (the Grocery) at several restaurants in Manhattan, a brief stint with Anthony Bourdain (“No Reservations” of The Travel Channel), and Rick Laakkonen (Luxe). When Clare’s interest in painting emerged around 2007, her art naturally reflected her love of food. Clare feels her still life works present a challenge akin to the discipline of baking, while her abstract works offer the freedom of experimenting with delightful ingredients without a recipe.
Clare (whose abstract submission, was accepted in the Artsbridge 2009 annual juried show) has studied still life painting with still life master, Frank Acuri, and abstract painting with educator and curator, Pat Martin.
Clare lives in Lambertville, New Jersey. Her work is now showing in the Hrefna Jonsdottir Gallery in Lambertville, New Jersey, the Cortile Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and The Hawker Gallery in Old Amersham, Bucks, England. From August through December, 2010, Clare had a solo exhibition at The French Culinary Institute in New York, New York.