I came late to jewellery making and I am self taught. After spending most of the 60's till early 70's as a seaman in the Merchant Navy, I was determined, with the money I had saved, to paint. Visits to St Ives, Cornwell where artists like Alfred Wallis, Ben Nicholson, Roger Hilton, Bob Law, Breon O'Casey and Bryan Illsley, have lived and influenced my thinking. Abstraction, with a leaning towards simplified figuration, where birds, boats and sea are not far away. In my work, jewellery methods are simple, scraps of gold or silver are melted and beaten out; stones are cut and ground.
Since 1995, Clarke's work has been included in many solo and group exhibitions including exhibitions in Fingers, Avid, Form, Lure, The Dowse Art Gallery, Manawatu Art Gallery, Ashburton Art Gallery, and Masterworks.