A little bit of background...
I paint every single heart, canvas and sign free-hand and to order to make it completely unique. I can also get all sorts of shapes and sizes cut especially if need be. And no cheating or shortcuts - I'm very pernicketty and like things to be perfect, so I use the best quality artists' materials and prepare my surfaces properly, so they'll be just as beautiful in years to come.
I paint absolutely everything on commission. I'm always very happy to discuss any ideas you might have for a piece of artwork so please do get in touch. Click here to find out more information about commissions.
You can see examples of my recent work in my galleries and buy some of my work online, but if you'd like to order anything please just get in touch. I take payment in advance of starting work, either by BACS transfer or through invoice on my website..
My name is Claire Witz and I am "Painted with Love".
I've been painting for just about as long as I can remember. About a million years ago I spent a whole 9 weeks at art college (I was going through my angst & moody period at the time and painted a lot of meat carcasses and miserable portraits), then I went to uni to do Arabic & Islamic Studies and lived in North Africa for a while.
After that I somehow ended up in a very sensible career in London for years and years, which didn't fit in the slightest when our 2 children came along. That led me to finally taking the plunge in 2009 to fulfill my dream of being covered head to toe in paint and making the most of my children while they're still young enough to want to play with their mummy.
I now live in the lovely old spa town Tunbridge Wells with my hubby (also known as Executive Sign Cutter, Fixer of Things and Driller of Holes in Hearts) and two beautiful children. I like chatting around the kitchen table, family cuddles, poking around in charity shops, half a sugar in my tea (that doesn't count you know) and walks in the woods. I positively hate cycling up hills and the smell of my hubby's sardines on toast.
Because I'm a mum with a business and I like organising things (I actually own a clipboard), I also run the Tunbridge Wells Mums in Business (TW MIBs) group and have met lots of lovely people in the same boat. We're all figuring out how to make a business out of our passions and make the most of our children at the same time.
I occasionally exhibit at craft fairs, children's nearly new sales, private parties and charity events in and around Tunbridge Wells. You can find details of them on the news page.
If you would like me to let you know about event dates or you would like me to participate in an event you are organising, please get in touch.
I seem to be a bit addicted to Painted with Love. I had four commissions done and was extremely satisfied with the end result, it exceeded all my expectations. Claire consulted me throughout the whole process to make sure it was tailored to my needs and she came up with completely original little gems! Marie-France - Dec 10
The pieces are beautiful - they make perfect Christening presents. I've given them to two close friends this year and they've both loved them. They are chunky and colourful and very carefully made. I especially love the messages written on the back - they are very special. Abi R - Nov 10
Just wanted to say that I'm really pleased with the hearts, they are perfect!! I'm sure our mums and bridesmaids will love them, so thank you. Clare B - Dec 10
I spontaneously ordered a canvas picture representing our family for my husband's anniversary present. Claire helped me personalise it by suggesting she neatly paint all our names and dates of birth on the back. When a mistake on my part led to an error, she very kindly repainted that part of the canvas, without extra charge or even making me feel silly! A very talented and obliging artist, I’d recommend her to anyone without reservation. It was a real pleasure to do business with her and I’m sure I’ll be back for more soon. Catherine S-T - Apr 10
I approached Claire @ Painted with Love and commissioned her to create a canvas for my Sister-in-law's 50th birthday. She went out of her way with lots of imaginative ideas and even purchased additional accessories to create the perfect canvas which was beautifully crafted and very unique. My Sister-in-law loved it and I would definitely use Painted with Love again... Sarah G - Feb 10
"I contacted Claire after I found her website browsing the net to see if she was able to help me with me wedding plans. After I had explained to Claire exactly what I wanted (and at short notice) she went ahead and made my table plans and decorations. I wanted individual wooden hearts with a rustic look to them to hang off a tree for my table plan and then individual free standing hearts for each table with the table name painted on them. Claire kept in touch with me throughout the whole process via email or phonecall if there were any queries or anything she was unsure of, she made the whole process stress free for me!!! I had to change quite a few of my table plans and table names etc and this was done with no fuss or bother! When the hearts arrived a few days before my wedding they looked amazing and I was so happy that I had contacted Claire to make them, they looked fab on the tables and it was exactly how I pictured my table to look! Claire is very professional and VERY talented, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Claire to anyone who wants personalised wooden items, they look great!! I wish Claire all the best in the future with her buisness and will definitly come back to her if I need anything like this done in the future!!xx." Rachel G - March 2012
Hi Claire - they are beautiful ... thank you so much for your excellent communication and superior service ... I will definitely recommend you to others. Karinna N - July 10
Dear Claire, I welled up when I saw the ...beautiful heart keepsake you have created for me; my friend ... is going to simply love it. I wanted something she could treasure forever ... you have nailed the brief exactly. Thank you thank you! Melissa B - May 10
"She absolutely loved it and it was up on the wall within five minutes of getting it! Thank you so much" Kat B - Feb 10
"Thank you so much for the beautiful hearts ! They are just perfect! Thanks again for being so lovely and doing such a wonderful job!" Barbie E - Jan 10
The quality of artwork is exceptional. Quirky, original pieces that are a must have. Jenny H - Dec 09
Having bought a number of pieces from Claire now, a few of which have been commissioned, I could not recommend her work highly enough. Not only is it original, affordable and of exceptional quality, her attention to detail is second to none. The service she provides is fantastic as the artwork really can be tailor made which really is a unique service ... All the pieces I have bought were as gifts for family & friends, all of whom have been thrilled and impressed with the exceptionally high standard. Juliet M - Jan 10
To date, I have commissioned Claire to paint 4 beautiful personalised canvases for older children's birthday presents, all of which have been completely different based around each child's interests. They were all unique, stunning pieces of artwork and with each order I was utterly impressed with Claire's creative ideas and delighted with the results. I really like the idea of giving a thoughtful, unique and quality gift that will last for years to come and which will be enjoyed on a daily basis, rather than "just another plastic toy" that will be outgrown quickly. By halving the cost with other mums we also found them to be very affordable gifts and excellent value for money - we all felt that we received something truly exceptional and a great service from Claire. Each canvas came nicely packaged, wrapped and delivered to my door and we opted to have a personal message added to the reverse of the canvases, so we didn't even have to shop for birthday cards! I have been so impressed at what a professional, enthusiastic and timely service Claire has provided and I will certainly be continuing my custom. Werda H - April 10