About Clea


I was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1969, my childhood was spent with my family in the United States, Germany, Belgium and South Africa.

My passion for animals and especially horses was there as from a very young age. I studied Graphic Design at the Ruth Prowse School of Art and Design and received my diploma in 1995.

Having spent many years in the corporate field I started painting in 2011 and by 2012 opened my small business, the Trotting Trestle.

My work gets inspired, driven and fuelled by the beauty of the horse. I love working in oil paint, especially on a larger scale to capture the energy and grace of the horse. Most of the work that I do are commissions, work gets done from photographs but where possible I prefer to meet the horse in person. This gives me the chance to get a feel of the horse, a better understanding of the horse’s nature, capturing it’s essence and creating a work of art. In between commissions I do work on private works that are up for sale.

My art grows with each painting, finding new ways to bring across a work of art that captures the viewer to take a moment and be in wonder of such an incredible animal. It’s my perfect world being able to combine a love for horses and my love for art.




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