Oil painting first captured Claire Goldrick's focus when, as a child, she altered the paint-by-numbers set she received for Christmas, and mixed the paints to suit herself. Born in Washington, D.C., but growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico near the art meccas of Santa Fe and Taos, Claire was inspired early in life to pursue a career as an artist. Commissioned portraits of her classmates in high school, for their parents, earned her money to pay the board bill on her horse. Soon horses, dogs and other animals were the subject matter of more commissioned paintings. After high school, Claire studied with New Mexico artist Arthur Sussman and, some years later, took an oil painting workshop from CAA member Roy Andersen. "These were turning points, and welcome learning experiences," Claire recalls.
Today Claire ranks as one of the several most successful licensed equine artists in the country, with her work appearing on or in connection with dozens of products, including prints, puzzles, greeting cards, throws and wallhangings, address labels, and mugs. Her paintings hang in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. Her originals are currently represented by Ponderosa Art Gallery in Hamilton, Montana, and the Fredericksburg Art Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas. She has been profiled in Southwest Art, Art of the West, Equine Images and Appaloosa Journal.
Today, Claire and her husband live in the hill country northwest of San Antonio, Texas.