Clare Thorbes is a Yukon-born portrait painter. She studied with the late Glenn Howarth, RCA, and is a graduate of the Victoria College of Art. She has explored writing, singing, dance and playing various musical instruments.

Clare’s professional background includes book publishing, editing, and translation. She has an MA in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario and an Honours BA in Russian and Spanish from McMaster University. She has worked as a CBC researcher and freelance reporter, and continues to provide freelance editorial services.

Clare is a certified creativity coach. She coaches writers, artists and performers across Canada.



Clare Thorbes is a creativity coach and a visual artist specializing in portraiture. She has a background in translation, book editing, journalism and employment coaching. She obtained her certification through the Creativity Coaching Association. She helps writers, artists and performers overcome creative blocks and build a fulfilling life in the arts.


The Profession

  • Founded by Eric Maisel, PhD
  • Creativity Coaching Association (CCA) established in 2006
  • CCA-certified coaches in Canada: 1
  • CCA-certified coaches in the US: 46
  • CCA-certified coaches elsewhere: 3
  • Most creativity coaches come from a psychotherapy, life coaching, teaching or creative arts background


My Service

Launched in 2017

One-on-one coaching

Serving up to 15 clients at any time


Education and Experience

Completing certification through Creativity Coaching Association

Exhibiting artist

Diploma in Fine Art, Victoria College of Art; MA Journalism, UWO; Honours BA Russian and Spanish, McMaster University

One of a handful of CCA-trained coaches in Canada

Book editor, translator, amateur singer and musician

Has overcome many issues common to creatives


Interview Topics

Claiming your artist identity

Survival challenges

Finding your tribe

Managing creative anxiety


Coaching clients

Singers, songwriters, dancers, actors, writers, visual artists.


Further info

Please contact me by phone or text at +1 (902) 250-0735.




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