Claire Cushman was born in Montreal in 1988, and grew up in Toronto, Ontario. In 2010 she graduated from Brown University, where she studied English Literature and received honours in nonfiction writing. After college, Claire spent a year teaching English Literature at a high school in Athens, Greece. She then returned to Toronto, where she began to focus on painting. In 2015, she graduated from the New York Academy of Art with an MFA in Painting. Claire currently lives in Brooklyn and paints in Long Island City.