For Lance Clark art is a passion. It’s a meditation, a way to tune out of the day-to-day and into a place of calm.
He was born into the Clarks shoe family in 1936, one of five children, and was brought up in Street, Somerset, a stone’s throw away from the family business HQ where his father worked.
He resisted entering into the shoe business, but when you’ve spent much of your childhood playing with redundant shoe lasts from the factory down the road, it may well have been inevitable that he would work his way up to become Managing Director of Clarks UK.
The family no longer controls the business, although they remain major shareholders, and Lance has long since retired from any management post at C&J Clark. He’s still very active, though, running his aid through trade charity Soul of Africa, and as chairman of his son’s business, VivoBarefoot – both shoe enterprises.
Throughout his life, Lance has developed a passion and real talent for watercolours. He carries his pad and paints everywhere and not a day goes by when he isn’t to be seen capturing a scene that catches his eye.
Lance is the father of seven children. His book, In My Shoes, was initially written to make sure his younger children get to hear about his eventful life from the horse’s mouth. The book is illustrated with a host of Lance’s amusing sketches and cartoons and will be available here soon.
Around The World in 80 Years was the title of Lance’s exhibition for Somerset Art Weeks in October 2015 (pictured above) celebrating his life and work from the vantage point of his 80th year.
All proceeds from the sale of his paintings go to his charity Soul of Africa. You can support the great work that’s being done by buying Lance’s work. Or you can donate whatever you can afford through PayPal right here, right now. Just click on the Donate button!