Claire comes from a long line of artists and grew up in Montreal (Canada). She worked for many years as a graphic designer and was ensconced in a life of technology and marketing. In 2011, she gave up the regular pay cheque to pursue her love of painting.
Claire is represented by Galerie Lydia Monaro (Montreal), Muse Gallery (Toronto) and has been a top-selling artist on Saatchi Online for the past couple of years; she was interviewed by Saatchi Online for their magazine in August 2012, and her work is regularly featured in their collections. U.S. retail chain, Urban Outfitters, sells her original artwork under their Anthropologie banner, online as well as in their New York, Chicago, and Montreal stores. They reproduce her art on their merchandise, such as bags, rugs, bedding and accessories, selling it under the Claire Desjardins signature label.
Claire received two grants to attend artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in 2011 and 2013. She received a grant to go to the Da Wang Culture Highland, near Shenzhen, China, in the fall of 2013. She recently signed an agreement with Warner Brothers, who will be using several pieces of her art in their upcoming feature film, "Winter's Tale" (scheduled to be released sometime in 2013).
Claire's work can be found in both private and corporate collections around the world.