Clare is from Tainan, the fourth largest city and cultural center of southern Taiwan. While growing up in Taiwan, Clare was tutored by her uncle, a mid-career artist and art instructor. Apart from teaching her the fundamentals, he was a strong advocate and an influential role model in Clare’s pursuit to become an artist.
Instead of attending a regular high school Clare entered Tainan Woman’s College of Arts and Technology (TWCAT) when she was 14 years old. During her five years at TWCAT Clare developed her sense of balance, composition, structure, and learned the technical aspects of painting in various mediums. Clare’s interests during this time included playing the Chinese lute (pipa), photography, dance, and aboriginal art and music. Clare earned her Arts and Crafts diploma in 1999.
Clare’s uncle emigrated to Vancouver, BC and upon graduating from TWCAT, Clare moved to Vancouver to apprentice with her uncle and study fine art at Kwantlen University. At a critical juncture in her studies Clare decided to pursue a degree in graphic design to support her ultimate goal of painting full time. She transferred to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where she completed her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Graphic Design in 2003.
Since graduating Clare has created award-winning design solutions for a multitude of clients both at world-class and local boutique agencies in San Francisco and Las Vegas. She also studied under two influential painters, and in early 2008 began to show her first series of paintings since moving to the United States.
Clare lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area where she continues to explore new interpretations of her experience as a Taiwanese artist abroad. She enjoys dancing, doodling, planting succulents and music in her free time.