Artist’s Statement:

The creative process is a dynamic spiritual practice and a conduit for connecting to the divine. The tangible result of this process is the art itself – a portal into consciousness. At the heart of the work is presence, purity, and truth.

I have recently been led to explore themes of transformation, liminality, and sacred interconnectedness. A heightened sensitivity to the natural world and an interest in cosmology have proven fundamental to my artistic development, as ideas take root and manifest as paintings, drawings, and collages.

I arrange and manipulate compositions, weaving and intertwining biomorphic shapes with colors that often contrast, illuminating the surface. I am guided by intuition and experiential knowledge. New environments - before, known only in the mind - are called into existence, now visualized in a two-dimensional format. A work is complete when a concise and deceptively complex synergy is formed amid the material and the intangible, the physical and the ethereal.

Art is a form of meditation – both for the artist during the creative process and then for the viewer seeing the completed work. I invite the viewer’s gaze to linger long enough so that the mind may become quiet, open, and receptive.

To understand my art, all that is needed is that which the viewer is willing to bring to the experience.

- Stephanie Hoff Clayton, 2022

Stephanie Hoff Clayton