Stephanie Clayton, Tortola Member Since October 2007 Artist Statement Born--1965, Birmingham, Alabama USA Education--B.A., Tulane University, 1994 Work/Live--British Virgin Islands, 1998 to Present
Bio: The artist has received many awards & distinctions, including the Overture to the Cultural Season Scholarship. Her art is part of several international collections, including Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Florida. She maintains two studios: One on the island of Tortola; and another near Miami, Florida. Both are open by appointment.
Artist Statement: Color has been an important concern throughout my career. The vibrant palette I use is influenced by time spent living on a Caribbean island, where the light is intense, rendering color its most brilliant.
Informed by visual and cultural elements, I use a contextual approach to color, shape and space. I often employ surf vocabulary as titles to the work. In this way, the concept of surfing is used metaphorically.
In early 2008, I began an ongoing body of work, The Paradise Project. The work alludes to escapism, perception, disillusionment and longing.
Creative expression is the poetry of life- a record of one’s dedication, obsession, meditation and reason.