Scoville Blues © Clayton Buchanan
Bio: Clayton Buchanan’s early art training was in a traditional and tonalist style. However, when he sought the influence of more colorful painters, he found what he was looking for. He studied Impressionist Painting with Henry Hensche Provincetown, Massachusetts for a few years and enthusiastically adopted the colorist approach.
He also studied Figure/Portrait Painting with William Draper, Art Students League; and Painting/Graphic Arts, Memphis Academy of Art. He worked in graphic arts for 30 years, and now paints full time. His studio is in Newburgh, New York.
Clayton Buchanan states that he paints those pieces of nature that speak to him through light, colour, structure, and emotion. He has been fascinated with the Impressionist color concept for over 35 years and is still visually learning from nature. Looking for moments that come and go with a blink of an eye are a challenge for him to capture. Many of his figurative paintings are those moments, frozen in time, that capture life in movement, and give us a chance to recognize that fleeting beauty of light and colour so easily lost forever.
Clayton Buchanan's paintings have been exhibited in galleries throughout the Northeast including Portraits Incorporated; Hudson Valley Gallery; James Cox Gallery; River Winds Gallery; Flat Iron Gallery, all of New York. He has had one man shows at Kent Art Association, Connecticut; Karpeles Library Manuscript Museum, New York. Memberships include; Connecticut Pastel Society; Guild of Boston Artists; Kent Art Association, Connecticut; Orange County Art Federation, New York.
His works are in private and corporate collections including The First National Bank of Boston, London, England; The Elizabeth T. Greenshields Memorial Foundation, Montreal; Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck, New York. He has done numerous portrait commissions throughout the Northeast and South. Corporate portraits include Justice of Mississippi Juvenile Court; President of Florida State University; President of Midland National Bank, Texas. He has done private portrait commissions throughout the Northeast and South, and is currently conducting Demonstrations and Workshops. He won his first award when he won the First Prize in Figure and Portraiture, Academic Artists Association’s Annual Show, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1971 and he has contiued to garner awards along the way, including the Richard Pionk Memorial Award, Connecticut Pastel Society Annual Renaissance Show West Hartford Art League, West Hartford, Connecticut, 2008, and the Edmund Tarbell Award, The Guild of Boston Artists, Boston, Massachusetts, 2010. More recently he received Best In Show, Connecticut Pastel Society Annual Member Show, 2011, and has won awards on a regional and national level.
Medium: Pastels are his medium. Applying these brilliant colours layer upon layer, mixing on the painting surface, and doing so with energized strokes enhances his visual imagery.
Subjects: His work is primarily portraits and figures, though he does like to mix in still life and landscape painting as well.
Style: Representational with impressionist influences
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Gallery: Figure; Portrait; Landscape; Still Life
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