Collection: Carrie Clayton

"Painting is my passion. The mystery and excitement of creating never fail to amaze me. The possibilities are endless.”

Carrie Clayden is a semi-abstract floral artist from California. She discovered that the technique of dry brush painting and the use of light was key to creating a wistful, delicate atmosphere on her canvas. The abstraction of her work implies stories that are untold, as the luminous images vibrate with life and energy. The foreground and background negotiate and dance to an exquisite never-ending narrative.

“I could paint on one canvas forever, but I force myself to do several at once. Old things fascinate me, the stories they could tell. I want to capture that essence with my own hands. Painting with abandon is my mission. Layers are everything. The time, the history and the stories that come from building layers all make for a more evocative painting"."

A celebration of the advent of spring; the confidence of femininity and the fountain of rebirth, Carrie’s paintings exhibit a richness and depth as though each piece had been created over a lifetime.

Inspired by Claude Monet, the influence of the Impressionist movement is clearly evident and was accentuated once she began to ‘paint’ with her fingers; “Using my fingers to paint flowers was a game changer for me, it brought me such joy to dip my hands in colour and literally put myself into the painting… it is like dancing the finger marks onto the canvas like a waltz”.