Claudia Plunkett


Claudia was born in 1979 in Kwazulu-Natal and grew up spending a lot of time in the studio of her late grandfather, Errol Boyley.  Being surrounded by his artworks and always encouraged by him, Claudia went on to matriculate from St Anne’s in 1996 and study her Masters in Fine Arts – Painting at the University of Natal.  She taught Art at a large high school for a few years and then went to London for two and a half years working as a scenic artist as well as in the events industry.

Since Claudia’s return, she continued to work in the events industry and then worked in the water sector of an engineering firm, apart from research and writing she was also involved in the marketing of the business, and from then went on to start her own business – Hummingbird Education working with educational psychologists creating and facilitating courses for teachers on supporting children with special needs.  While she enjoyed the creative aspects of the business, she continued as she had always done on the side to paint, and do various commissions, and eventually sold the business to return to her main passion and paint full time.

Claudia has an intense interest in the relationships and disparities between the human and animal world.  “I am fascinated with the energy between my subjects, I try to capture the often mysterious quality which one can never quite put into words.  I feel that my paintings often tell stories within stories, but I love the fact that the onlooker brings their own experience which creates a new narrative every time.  I have a love for the surreal – life is pretty surreal most of the time anyway,”.

Claudia’s studio is based in Hilton where she paints full time as well as runs an art class for adults.

'Museum series I'
oil on canvas - framed
95cm x 120cm


'Museum Series, II'
oil on canvas - framed
110cm x 75cm


'City of Crows' 
oil on canvas - framed

65cm x 90cm

'Wild Dogs in the City'
oil on canvas - framed
90cm x 120cm