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I spotted this painting of Angel Strawbridge on Facebook and I, like so many others, wondered who the talented artist was.  After a bit of research I found the very modest Claire Warbeck who was gracious enough to share her story with me.  I’m sure you will all be as bowled over as I am to learn that Claire is a beginner!  Claire nailed it!

So allow me to introduce you to artist Claire Warbeck.  Here’s what she shared with me:

Claire Warbeck

I’m 46 years old and live in Scotland with my husband, Dad and four of my five children just 10 miles from the world famous Gretna Green. I have been a beauty therapist for 20 years and specialise in wedding makeup, but sadly due to the global pandemic we all find ourselves in I have been unable to work as all the weddings I was booked for this year have had to be postponed and re-arranged.

So now I have a lot of time on my hands and since the love I had for art at school has never gone away I decided it was time to give it a go again. I was never good at painting and always found I could pencil draw better. I have only been painting for a few months and am learning as I go.

I chose to paint Angel as I have a love of France and I admire her determination and creativity along with her husband Dick to follow their dreams. I have that same determination and love of France and hope one day our dreams come true to live and work there.

I’m sure you will all join me in wishing Claire and her family all the best with the sincere hope that their dreams of la vie en France will become a reality for them in the not too distant future.

Share this talented lady – perhaps Claire can assist you with your next wedding?