Clare Whitney's work has always been directly influenced by her personal experiences and immediate environment.
Whitney's fascination with the Nature- Human relationship throughout history's story telling, mythology and symbolism has directly influenced her own work.
Whitney uses different birds to represent the feminine and masculine. Different species depict different characters and play an essential narrative role through out her work. Addressing the ever-challenging issues of human identity within the environment Clare creates her own stories using iconic or endangered species on traditional man-made backgrounds that have existed as forms of communication throughout the ages.
Local endangered and introduced species', the human figure and symbolic shapes are captured and introduce onto old maps, music sheets and pages of text. Working within the boundaries of these collected back-grounds, endangered species are place on maps significant to where they are found, music sheets have common songbirds dancing across their notes, while the text determines the interpretation of the image placed on top, Clare's work creates an everlasting relationship between the two.