Daphne McClure was born in Helston, Cornwall, in 1930. She attended the Hornsey College of Art and the Central School of Art before working at the Royal Opera House in 1976. After a brief spell there she returned home to Cornwall where she now paints full time from her studio. In 1995, Tate St. Ives commissioned her to design a piece of work to exhibit for its first exhibition. Her work is now widely recognised and has become extremely desirable and found in many private collections worldwide; in 2005 she was invited to Connecticut, USA, for an artist's residency.
Daphne's work draws on the rich artistic heritage of Cornwall whilst still maintaining a contemporary and painterly feel; her current home is in Penzance and provides the inspiration behind her latest and in many ways her most quintessential work.