Claire Eastgate has worked professionally for over 15 years as a portrait painter creating her own projects and exhibitions as well as artworks for private and institutions. Noted subjects are Her Majesty the Queen and the Poet Laureate, Dame Carol Ann Duffy. This year her double portrait of the Poet Laureate and the National Poet of Wales was shortlisted for the BP Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery as well as being shortlisted for the BP Travel Award at the National Portrait Gallery. She runs regular workshops in portraiture using an unusual and fresh approach to teaching. She travels and works between London and Shropshire.