Pat Clayton

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I loved to draw and paint as a child and began doing pencil portraits (and teacher caricatures) as a teenager. My first oil portrait was of my father prior to his death from cancer when I was 19. A treasured childhood memory is that of my father teaching me some of my grandmother's techniques such as enlarging images with a grid and how to create form by varying the values of a drawing.

My career choice was impacted by my father's death and I became a physician, only returning to painting in 1997 when I began to take portrait, landscape and color theory classes at the Gage Academy of Fine Art. After two years of trying to balance my infatuation with art with the demands of a community clinic physician's practice, I was fortunate enough to be able to follow my passion and I began to paint in earnest. In addtion, I studied at the Scottsdale Art School and the Cap Cod School of Art. More recently I have studied with Ray Roberts and Matt Smith to increase my comfort with plein air painting. 

I paint in styles varying from extremely traditional oil portraits to lively figurative works and light/temperature based plein-air landscapes. The impact of the first brush strokes and/or underpainting on the final outcome continues to fascinate me and the challenge to see beyond the obvious is a constant stimulus for growth. In the last year I have returned to painting with a palette knife. I love the bold clean color, the challenge of maximizing the effect of a single stroke and the texture that leaves an interpretation of its own when the work is finished.

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