Clare Mathias - Kōya Shōsei
Watercolors, Sumi-e Brush Painting, Haiku and Zen




 Watercolor Artist and Zen Buddhist Practitioner


Clare has been working in water colour for the last four years and is developing her style, which has been influenced by her Zen practice and her interest in Japanese art.  In her recent work, she is experimenting and studying abstract water colour using strong pigments and natural shapes.  It is the flow of water colour that inspires her to develop her brush work and to use different papers including varying thicknesses of rice paper and heavy water colour paper. Sumi-e brush painting is also an important part of her Zen practice.


On taking her Zen Buddhist vows in November 2015, Clare was given the Zen name of Kōya Shōsei (Open Field, Illuminating Vow). The calligraphy and seal that appear on  her art pieces represents her Zen name and is an integral part of her artwork. 


Clare's art studio is also the home of  Enso Gallery Meditation.  This group meets weekly on Sunday mornings from 10am to 11:15am.