Chandler was immersed in the art world from an early age with both of his parents being talented local artists and prominent figures in the art scene. He grew up spending a lot of time in galleries and studios, and was constantly surrounded by artists. His passion for portraiture was cemented when, in 2005, he began a project of painting his teachers at high school. This set off his career as he started receiving portrait commissions, as well as developing his own personal identity as an artist and increasing his confidence in his artistic abilities. Claude’s creative journey is rooted in the use of portraiture.