Creating art is a way to access my intuition while connecting with the Divine. When fully immersed in the art-making process, I am deep within, present, and united in mind, body, and spirit; I am one with all. At the heart of my work is presence, purity, and truth.
A heightened sensitivity to the natural world and an interest in cosmology has proven fundamental to my artistic development, as ideas take root. I have recently been led to explore subjects of transformation, materiality, ephemerality, and the interconnectedness of all life.
During the painting process, I arrange and manipulate the composition, weaving and intertwining biomorphic shapes with colors that often contrast, illuminating the surface. I work methodically, 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.
I think of my paintings as meditations – both for me during the act of creating, and for the viewer. I invite the eye 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, 2020