|Born in 1980 in Cape Town, South Africa, Claire is an only child of English parents. After completing school, she spent two years working in London. Never known to be without a camera, and with a reputation for having a "special eye", close friends encouraged her to take a photography course. In 2001, Claire moved to France and studied French in Toulouse. She then moved to Paris to study photography at Spéos Photographic Institute, gaining Honours in her studies. During her period in Paris, Claire worked mainly with black & white traditional film, developing her own pictures. She gradually moved towards the digital medium, and now uses it as her principal means of creative expression. Influenced by Art Nouveau, and the work of Gustav Klimt and Otto Wagner, in 2003 she moved to Vienna to follow her career as an artistic photographer.