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Clare McGhee BA, Ed.Dip. BI, GM



Clare is a professional Interior Designer working for many years as a Senior Designer for a contemporary furniture design company in Edinburgh before concentrating fully on her art. Her highly realistic and vibrant pieces are hugely influenced by her love of contemporary and historical design.


Drawing and painting has always been a passion for Clare. Through her love and affinity of the Natural and Classical Art world she illustrates their beguiling beauty and fascination in extraordinary detail. Exploring subjects we normally take for granted, she compels us to re-examine what we perceive as ordinary, focusing our attention on their extraordinary qualities in a powerful and captivating way.


Using traditional painting methods combined with contemporary graphic design techniques, as well as heightened realism, her work has an immediacy and dramatic quality which is so compelling. Constantly exploring new and innovative ways of working, Clare has more recently started working on Dibond Aluminium panels which allows her work to be hung unframed adding to the overall contemporary quality of her paintings.


Her work is owned by the RHS with several pieces held in the RHS Lindley Library Collection and the Hunt Institute in Pittsburgh USA as well as in private collections in the UK and USA.




16th International ARC Salon Competition

Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize


Blue Review Art Prize - awarded 'Honorable Mention' for 'Iris Diptych', Sugarlift Gallery, New York 

141st Annual Exhibition Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, RSA - The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

Royal Miniature Society's 125th Anniversary Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London 


2019 / 2020

16th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation Pittsburgh, USA

'RHS Botanical Illustration - The Gold Medal Winners' 2019 by Charlotte Brooks, RHS

ISBN 978-1-788840-14-9


‘Scottish Plant Lore: an illustrated flora’ by Dr Greg Kenicer, RBGE front and back cover illustrations ISBN 978-1-910877-26-5

'Worth a Thousand Words' Exhibition, 5th July - 17th Aug RHS LIndley Library, London


'Art in Bloom' Biggar Botanical Art Exhibition, Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum

7th Annual 'Botanicals' Art Exhibition, Light Space Time Online Art Gallery - 2 Special Merits for 'Pomegranate' & 'Spear Thistle’


RSA William Littlejohn Award exhibition entry

Special Merit Award 'Spear Thistle', Light Space & Time Online Gallery 'Nature Art Exhibition'

The Derwent Art Prize entry - 'Blown Thistle'

Jackson's Art Prize Exhibition *Longlist placing for 'Pomegranate'


Dancing Light Gallery, Whitmuir, Autumn Exhibition


'Six of the Best' Exhibition - Alexander Meddowes Art Broker, Edinburgh


'Botanical art: rendering a living masterpiece' RHS 'The Garden' magazine

'World of Plants' Society of Botanical Artists, London - made an Associate Member


Masterclass Tutor & Botanical Art Society Tutor - RBGE Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh


RHS London Botanical Art Show - Gold Medal for 8 vegetables (see gallery pages)


RBGE Diploma in Botanical Illustration - awarded 'Distinction'

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