Claire Devine was born in Toulouse, France and grew up in an art gallery space in Brisbane, Australia. A classical musician and high school teacher, she started painting as a way to pass the evening hours while her handsome Irish husband, Seamus, was away for work.
Claire took a break from her regular work when Seamus became ill and their infant son was diagnosed with partial blindness. This break allowed the family to reprioritise, focus on each other and give energy to Claire’s painting. As popularity for Claire’s work grew, The New Devine quickly evolved from a painting pass time into a serious, full-time business.
In this episode, we talk about:
- The great love story between Claire and her flatmate-turned-husband, Seamus
- Why Claire moved from being a teacher to artist, and the challenges and joys of being a business owner and primary income earner for the family.
- Being Mum to three gorgeous boys, two of whom have Albinism, and how Claire and Seamus have navigated the diagnosis so far
- Whether it’s possible to live a good life after dealing with a long list of curve balls, how Claire finds joy in the little things, and trying to find moments of self-care in this busy season of life.
And there’s special mention of our mutual friend, Matt Hawkins, and his album ‘Love, Loss & Washing Lines’.
You can find Claire and her vibrant Australian artwork over on her website, The New Devine, on Instagram or Facebook.
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