Claire Joyce was born in Jefferson City, Missouri in 1978. While attending the Kansas City Art Institute she spent one semester studying in Brighton, England at Brighton University. After graduating with a BFA in Printmaking in 2000 she traveled the country in a pink van campaigning for co-president of the United States under the Domesticratic Party. She later worked as a lithography print assistant, a costume design instructor, and the assistant art director at Paul Mesner Puppets. In 2003, she traveled to China for three months before being accepted to the University of Georgia, Athens. At UGA Claire was an assistant painting instructor on two trips to Ghana. She earned an MFA in Painting with distinctions in 2006. Claire has written online columns for both ReadyMade Magazine and CRAFT, and has built and designed costumes and puppets for the stage as well as maintained a studio life working in two dimensions. In addition to participating in residencies within the United States, Belgium and China, her work has been shown both nationally and internationally. For five years she taught drawing at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA. After three cross-country moves she and her family landed in Syracuse, NY where she works in a small home studio and runs the business Tiny Two Hour Portraits.