Blaine Clayton

My relationship with art has lasted most of my life. As a child I flipped through the encyclopedia drawing interesting faces. Some of whom were Stalin, Lenin, Marx, and Engels so I can just imagine what my teachers thought when I brought them to school in the 50’s. I watched the Jon Gnagy learn to draw show religiously and my favorite Christmas present was a Jon Gnagy art set. In school I took as many art classes as I was allowed. My mentor in High School was my art teacher a landscape painter named Loran Folland. In collage I started out to be a secondary-ed teacher teaching art, but somewhere along the way I changed my major to Psychology and received a master’s degree in counseling.

I did keep taking classes with the Art majors. I learned art history under Dibble, Drawing with Wolf Barsh and oil painting with McDonald for just an example of some of the art faculty at BYU. I believe Dibble was at the U of U. When I graduated I worked at the State hospital for a while and while there I taught a watercolor class to the patients.

I have worked in some stress filled areas for a while I was a counselor at a prison half way house and for the past 30 years I have been working In Child welfare. So art has been my refuge from some of the ugly things I have had to work with. In the 80’s and 90’s I began entering paintings in Local art competitions. One of which was a State wide competition at the Bountiful Art Center. They suggested I join the Utah Watercolor Society, and in 2000 I joined the Utah watercolor Society, and have enjoyed painting and entering Juried shows there. I was even given the award of excellence at one of these shows.

I have been juried into many U.W.S shows. I had four paintings travel with the Utah Arts Council Traveling show on three different years. I am regularly invited to enter paintings into the Bountiful Davis Art Center Holliday show. I travel around the State entering in to the many plain-air paint out competitions. Recently my supervisor told me that someone was rather critical of my unconventional way of doing things and she just said “well don’t you know he is an artist," and they just said Ohhhh and stopped being critical. I just said “yes I am." 

My paintings are often landscapes and as I look at them there are usually no people or animals in them. I think they represent solitude that precious commodity that is so rare in this day and age of pushing and shoving with agenda’s always blaring and commercials always begging. I can do animals and people but I believe I leave them out so as to represent peace and solitude.

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