Susan Clifton, a South Florida artist, attended Philadelphia College of Art as a painting major and studied Photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Susan worked for many years as an advertising art director, graphic designer and web developer before returning to her first love . . . Painting. Creativity found her at a young age. She has dabbled in many forms of the arts – Dance, Photography, Graphic Design, Mosaics, Jewelry Making and Painting. Her early works were large graphic representations of the human form. In the last few years her work combines realism with bold graphics with a strong sense of color. In 2009 she was one of ten artists selected for the Broward County grant funded show called DBA….Artist Entrepreneur. 2009 also found her in Art Fusion Gallery in the Miami Design District and Gallery 101 in Fort Lauderdale. In 2010 she was awarded a Broward County grant for an exhibit called Art Aquatic, the opening was in May of 2011 and was a hugh success. This exhibit was a collaboration with her husband Doug Barkley. The show included Doug’s underwater video along with Susan’s series of aquatic paintings.
With so much conflict in the world, my aim is to discover beauty, peace and harmony and capture the magic of it. I have two obsessions in my lifetime of work, the mirror image and the checker board. For me the mirror image speaks of this dimension and the mystery of possibly another dimension unknown to us. The Checkerboard pattern grounds the composition. Pulls it all together and adds a graphic quality.
More recently I’m experimenting with mixed media painting and exploring the fractal nature of the mosaic image. My mosaics are created with custom printed fabrics.
My vision is that art should not represent life as it really is but as life is in imagination. The creative power is in the imagination of the viewer. The artist is just doing their “thing”. Compelled to create what comes naturally. A gift from God.