Claire studied Graphic Design at Swinburne University in Melbourne, which she completed in 1981.
Moving back to Sydney Claire participated in contemporary art classes at the Workshop Arts Centre in Willoughby with Tony Tozer and Ann Silas (Tony later became her husband)
Claire’s work was primarily Still Life pastels on paper. She entered art competitions and participated in exhibitions in Sydney including a two person show in 1994 at Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre. Claire later turned her hand to painting landscapes in acrylic on paper and in 2006 she entered a work into the Wynne Art Prize and was selected for the Salon Des Refusés at the S.H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney.
2016 Claire decided to change direction with her artwork technique and started to get back to drawing with ink pens, creating a more graphic style akin to her background as a Graphic Designer. Claire had moved up the Central Coast which was a great inspiration for her being surrounded by bushlands, beaches and waterways. She also travelled again to Central, South and Western Australia and these environments fuelled her love of the barren landscapes be it the driest of deserts or the magnitudes of the oceans. Her drawings have become paintings rich in colour, like symbolic graphic weavings, woven intimately together; she uses her own photographs and visual memories of her travels.
Since she started with this unique direction she has been a finalist in the 2017 – KAAF (Korean, Australian Arts Foundation) Art Prize, Sydney; Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Sydney; Pro Hart Outback Art Prize, Broken Hill; Gosford Regional Art Prize, Central Coast; Hunters Hill Art Prize, Sydney; Ewart Art Prize, Sydney, 2018 – KAAF Art Prize, Sydney; Ravenswood Womens Art Prize, Sydney; Northbridge Art Prize, Sydney.
Claire won first prize in the 2018 KAAF Art Prize and the Works on Paper section for the Northbridge Art Prize.