Artist Statement

I am a painter of thoughts and feelings. In my series called “Grey Matter” the figure is composed of thoughts and or feelings on a particular subject. I pull from my own life but the subject rings true for all individuals looking to live a more positive life, to think positive and discard negative thoughts and attitudes. My wish is to inspire people to live their best life, to embrace gratitude, live a happy life and hopefully change the way they think.

My process has evolved over the last 2 to 3 years to include custom printed fabrics painstakingly positioned to bring my figures to life. The fabric is printed with the thoughts and is applied in a mosaic pattern. I’ve touched on such subjects as grief, letting go, worthiness, and joyfulness. But not all subjects are so deep. I’ve included the racing thoughts of a ballerina taking her bow on her first solo appearance and some cheeky thoughts on gossiping. We should never take ourselves too seriously.

To truly appreciate my artwork you need to see it in-person, up close. It is an interactive experience, the painting speaks to you and you lean in to listen.

Susan Clifton