Mornington Peninsula based artist Claire (By Claire Monique) creates joy through her art and empowers others by sharing her story. She is obsessed with all things bright and sparkly and is on a mission to fill the world with as many good vibes as possible in the form of paintings, drawings, murals, wearable art and whatever else tickles her fancy! She enjoys working across a wide range of mediums including Procreate, acrylic paint, watercolour, ink and a variety of textiles and shiny little doodads. Her inspirations include Keith Haring, RuPaul’s Drag Race and her home by the beach.

Claire commenced a Bachelor of Contemporary Art in 2002 but later deferred this degree to pursue her interests in fashion and Music Theatre. She returned to her artistic practice after surviving major surgery for an Acoustic Neuroma in November 2019. Using art as her rehab she started by churning out over 400 pom-poms while stuck in bed and hasn’t looked back since!

Claire launched her debut collection “Neu” in November 2020, donating 20% of proceeds to St Vincent’s Hospital’s Neurosurgery Department. Her work is currently stocked at Flock of Seagulls Rye, Frankston Made and Incube8r Fitzroy. She also she has over 50 designs available on everything from shower curtains to canvases at RedBubble.com!

Since recommencing her artistic practice Claire has had the pleasure of being voted one of the most popular designs in the Mornington Peninsula Arts & Culture BINspiration competition, painting and drawing many commissioned pieces, sharing her story at Happy Places & Co’s first post-lockdown luncheon and joining the Melbourne and Victorian Artists Inc. Committee as their Social Coordinator. 


Listen to my interview on the Connecting Good People “Backyard Rockstars” Podcast!

Watch my interview with Christie @inburstsofcolour:
So You Failed, Let’s Celebrate!

Read my interview with Andrea Rowe on her blog, Coronatude: Chats with strong folks doing good things!