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About Claire

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. 



2018: Texas Bold Beauty Project, Wimberley, Texas
• Juried Selected Photograph; “Intimacy” for all PR and solicitations prior to Exhibit
2018: Art of the Horse Art Show, Sacramento, California, Third Place
• Juried Selected Photographs; “Rolling Thunder,” “Cowgirl Poncho” & ”All Winter Long”

2018: Austin West Studio Tour, Austin, Texas
• Juried Selected Photographs; “Power Surge,” “Graceful Grey,” “Pony Fleeing,” “Runaway” & “Cowboy Blue”
2018: Round Rock Arts, Round Rock, Texas “Women Rock” Art Show
• Juried Selected Photograph; “Cowgirl Poncho”
2018: Austin Art and Frame, Austin, Texas, “Black and White” Art Show
• Juried Selected Photographs; “Dashing Grey” & “Dashing Chestnuts”
2018: “Cowboys & Indians” National Magazine,
• Finalist (“Western” Category) Annual Photography Contest Issue; “All Winter Long”


2017-Present: MESH Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho
2017-Present: Art on 12 Gallery, Wimberley, Texas
2016-2017: Alice-Rice Gallery, Laguna Beach, California

2023: Southern Portugal and Southern Spain

2022: Central California
2021: McCullough Peaks & Private Ranch, Wyoming
2020: Northern Idaho Private Ranch
2020: Wild Mustangs of Onaqui, Utah
2020: White Stallion, Arizona
2018: Stallions of the Island of Djerba, Tunisia
2018: Challis Basin & East Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho
2018: Sedona & Grand Canyon
2017: Wild Mustangs of Lovelock, Nevada
2017: Chantilly, France, Marrakesh, Morocco

2017: Santa Fe, New Mexico
2017: San Antonio, Texas
2016: Cranbrook, Canada
2015: Craig, Colorado (Sombrero Horse Drive)

2014: Cody, Wyoming