Clare Reilly is an artist, and has been painting and exhibiting since 1976. She has held many solo and group shows over the past four decades and undertakes many commissions each year. Her images have been used on book covers and have been included in NZ Landscape Art calendar collections. Clare also produces cards and self-titled annual calendars. Her artwork has achieved international recognition, with many cards, calendars and prints being sold overseas. Her private commissions have found their way into collections in Argentina, North America, Israel, Europe and Australia, as well as throughout New Zealand.
Clare is passionate about conservation and has been involved with the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust’s Tui Restoration Project, for which she travelled around New Zealand to help Tui by relocating them to better environments. She continues to support conservation projects through her artworks, which express an underlying connection with the natural environment, in particular an empathy with native birds. Her more recent works focus on issues such as the encroachment of human activity on the limited natural resources we have left, and the historical effects of settlement on the native land species found in her locality.
Clare has two sons and worked as a part-time Montessori teacher alongside painting for 16 years, until she returned to full time painting in 2008. She was born and educated in Wellington, New Zealand, and now lives in Waitati, on the coast of the South Island. This is her first book.