Clara Drummond was born in Edinburgh in 1977 to an architect father and sculptor mother. She studied Modern languages at Cambridge University and during this time she lived in Rome for a year and studied at L’Accademia di Belli Arte. She then moved to London to work for three years as an assistant to portrait painter Jonathan Yeo and then later for a short period in Maria Theresa Meloni’s studio in New York. Drummond was then awarded a place on The Drawing MA programme at the Prince’s Drawing School, an intensive year of drawing which developed both her draftsmanship and her approach to painting.
Drummond has had solo exhibitions at Flower's Gallery, Cork Street, Edel Assanti Gallery London, Galleribox, Iceland and The Lookout, Aldeburgh and on 16th May 2014 exhibited at Two Temple Place Museums following her residency in the Museums of Cambridge Exhibition -
She was awarded the Bulldog Award by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Young Artist of the Year Prize by the Society of Woman artists and has had five portraits accepted for The BP Portrait Award at the National Gallery in 2006, 2009, 2013, 2014 and most recently in 2016. Group shows include the Jerwood Drawing Prize, The Garrick/ Milne Prize, The Discerning Eye, The Threadneedle and The Lynn Painter-
In 2008 she completed four portraits for the Royal Collection which were exhibited at Windsor Castle in the June of that year. One of her sketchbook drawings was selected to represent The Prince's Drawing School in an exhibition celebrating HRH the Prince of Wales’ 60th birthday.
Residencies include Two Temple Place, London in 2014, Cill Rialaig artists’ retreat in Ballinskelligs, County Kerry in 2013, Akureyri, Iceland in 2010, Barons Court, Northern Ireland in August 2009 and Hatley Park, Cambs. in August 2008,
In 2011 she joined the teaching faculty at the The Prince's Drawing School and also teaches at The Saatchi Gallery and at the London Zoo. In addition she has run several pop up drawing events with The Hay Festival, Hackney House for the London Olympics 2012, Grizedale Arts and the A-
Drummond is the winner of the First Prize for the BP Portrait Award 2016 and is currently working on a series of paintings and drawings for a joint exhibition with artist and Royal Drawing School Alumnus Kirsty Buchanan at the William Morris Society, Kelmscott House, London 5th-