MYATT, Claudia

1956 - ?

Claudia Myatt

Claudia E. Myatt, was born in 1956, daughter of John James Myatt (1928-31 January 1997) and his wife Elsbeth Modwena née Harnaman (1931-2000), who married at Stoke on Trent in 1953. Her father was a meteorologist attached to the RAF and their life usually consisted of three years in the UK, then three overseas, including Singapore at the age of nine when her father made little sketchbooks from old weather charts torn up and clipped together. When she was 12, her father worked at RAF Wattisham in Suffolk and Claudia went to Stowmarket Grammar School, where her art tutor was John Constable [q.v.]. Claudia loved art, but it was considered too frivolous a pursuit for pupils earmarked for university and she spent two years at Southampton University, reading French, afterwards drifted through jobs, including barmaid and secretarial etc. Then flat sharing around London, she took up with her drawing again, and painted miniatures and taught herself about watercolours. In the early 1990s she pottered about and had a 24ft cutter which was based at Melton, near Woodbridge, though she was away, sailing, during the summers, in search of inspiration. She married in the Deben district of Suffolk in 1992, Peregrine James Zachary Crickmere, another sailing enthusiast, and they had a child James, who was born at Ipswich, and they later lived in house at Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, joining The Royal Burnham Yacht Club. In the mid 2000s her husband lost his job in the City of London and the couple decided to move to Pembrokeshire in Wales, to run a B&B and creative art courses. Having separated from her husband Claudia spends much of her time in drawing, painting, writing, or teaching other people to paint and draw. She has an obsession with boats and the sea, with her work in books and sailing magazines, as well as on the walls of her home in Suffolk which is 'Else', an elderly tug boat. Claudia illustrates regularly for yachting magazines including 'Classic Boat' and 'Marine Quarterly' and 'Practical Boat Owner', and also takes commissions. Her studio is a converted stable near Martlesham Creek on the lovely River Deben at Unit 7, Hall Farm, Church Lane, Martlesham, near Ipswich. She is the author of 'Keeping a Sketchbook Diary'.

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