Born and raised in New York City, Claire Lerner received her MFA and BFA in Fine Art from the State University of New York at Buffalo. After graduate school, she moved to California where she was a photography faculty member at Monterey Peninsula College for 10 years. For the past 15 years, she has taught studio art, black and white photography, and digital arts at Santa Catalina School in Monterey, CA. She has also conducted many workshops on various photographic processes. 

An internationally exhibited and celebrated photographer for more than 20 years, Claire Lerner returned to painting about 15 years ago. Using the same eye for subtlety and delicate color that make her photographs so compelling, her floral, still life and bird canvases are an insightful celebration of the beauty in both nature and paint.

Claire has been a recipient of a First Place Award for her work in the Exemplary Contemporary exhibition at Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, University of California, Santa Cruz, and in 2008, the gallery held a solo exhibition of her work. She has also received an Award of Distinction from the Steinbeck Center in Salinas, CA.

Claire's work is collected by a broad range of private and public institutions, including Monterey Museum of Art, Visa Corporation, PMI, University of California - Santa Cruz, Cowell College and Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.