اَلسَلامُ عَلَيْكُم وَرَحْمَةُ اَللهِ وَبَرَكاتُهُ
About Qalbi & Claire
Hello and welcome! It's lovely to have you here.
What does Qalbi mean?
Qalbi means "my heart" in Arabic (it's pronounced "qalbee" with a "k" rather than "kwa" sound at the start).
The person behind the paintbrush:
My name is Claire. I'm a wife of 21 years, mum to two teenagers and a business advisor and email marketing specialist in my "day job". Qalbi is my creative outlet and something I do to relax and connect.
I've created everything you see on my website with love, care and attention to make it a beautiful, high quality and a completely personal gift that you are excited to give.
I've been painting for as long as I can remember, over 28 years at the last count. I also have a degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies and have lived in Morocco.
When I set up Qalbi:
I took the plunge to start painting full time in 2008 to work around our two children, initially under the name Painted with Love and soon started working under the name Qalbi too. In 2017 I rebranded entirely to Qalbi to reflect the increasing amount of Arabic work that I do.
Where I'm based and where my paintings are:
I live in the UK but my paintings are all over the world, including India, Qatar, Australia, South Africa, Greece, Yemen, USA, Hong Kong, Dubai, France, Norway, Netherlands, Chile, Germany and lots of other countries. I can hardly believe it sometimes!