Clea was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1969, her childhood was spent with her family in the United States, Germany, Belgium and South Africa.
Her passion for animals and especially horses was there as from a very young age. She studied Graphic Design at the Ruth Prowse School of Art and Design and received her diploma in 1995. Having spent many years in the corporate world as a graphic designer her world took a turn 9 years ago when she started her Equine art business, The Trotting Trestle. Clea’s favourite mediums are oil & acrylic.