Claire Porter lives in the Texas Hill Country, southwest of Austin. At the young age of 10, Claire fell in love with horses, and spent time showing horses in the western region throughout High School. After college she showed as an amateur owner as well as trained some young horses that went on to have great success on the east coast “A” circuit. She received a BFA from Southern Methodist University focusing on Photography, Painting and Etching. Over the years, she usually had her camera in hand; but not until a few years ago did she decide to travel on a photo safari to shoot horses and cowboy imagery. As a result of that inspirational experience Claire’s two worlds joined together.
Ms. Porter is passionate about creating emotional equine photographs. Her fine art images evoke the elegance, power and grace of the majestic equus. During her process of selecting and developing an image, she seeks interesting compositions that create tensions or posses a serene sense of simplicity through dramatic light. She enhances the strengths of her images and beautifies them through great attention to detail: inviting you to be within the scene and emotionally touched by her art. In the excitement of the thrilling moment captured, she strives to touch your heart and reach your soul through her breathtaking images.
Her images have been exhibited at the Alice Rice Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA and are currently exhibiting at the MESH Gallery in Ketchum, ID, Art of 12 in Wimberley, TX, and Austin Art and Frame in Austin, TX. “All Winter Long” was a Finalist in 2018 Cowboy and Indians Magazine Photography Contest, “Cowgirl Poncho recently won 3rd place at the ‘Art of the Horse’ Show and Sale in California and others have been recognized by Canon USA.