For me, art is about life and the processing of experiences and interconnectedness with others and our environment. Henry Moore said, “Being an artist is celebrating life.” I am constantly drawing inspiration from my daily interactions with the people in my life and my natural surroundings. My passion is fueled by my love for animals, gardening, family and friends. Creating art is an endlessly fascinating and continually developing process of discovery, intuition, and improvisation. Throughout all of my work, I seek visual expressions of my daily experiences.
My collage works are created with layers of found, reclaimed, and new materials. An individual piece may contain several layers of what I see as poetic materials.
book and album covers,
wasp nests, reclaimed antiques,
rusty metal, paint tubes,
plastic lids, wood, and glass,
shells, and pottery shards;
wool, alpaca, and dog hair
ribbon, plastic bags, and old paint scraped from my palette,
salvaged wood, vintage-print material, and other stuff.
*Anything is game as long as it enhances content and aesthetics*
Jan Clayton was born in Miami Florida. She received an MFA from The George Washington University in Washington D.C. and a BA from The University of Maryland. She currently lives and works in Savannah Georgia. She has participated in numerous National Exhibitions and was chosen by the American Ambassador to Greece to participate in the “Art in Embassies” program in Athens Greece. Her work can be found in numerous private & public collections throughout the United States and Europe.