Carol Clay

Carol Clay
Carol Clay


I came to the art world in a very indirect way.  Throughout my childhood, I gravitated to music, playing in talent shows and my school’s band but I was always drawn to the “poets” of the world who created art.  After graduating college, I chose a career in marketing and advertising that spanned more than 20 years in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.

Like many “transplants” my husband and I vacationed here and fell in love with the western North Carolina. In 2005 time and opportunity finally came together and we were able to relocate here permanently. We flung ourselves into a real estate business but my creative “itch” was never far away.  For too many years, I carried my need to create in a mental suitcase, looking for the right time and place to unpack it. And now, I have.

I believe that art means different things to different people. What’s important to me is that people find something in my art that they can relate to on some level, whatever that may be .

About My Art

I’m fascinated with atmosphere, especially clouds.  I challenge myself to translate what I see onto a canvas or board with color and texture. In recent years I’ve been exploring a more impressionist, abstracted style of painting. On the flip side are my roosters.  I love to capture their color and personality.  According to legend and Feng Shui experts the rooster has strong symbolism and is deeply connected to prosperity.  For centuries the rooster has been associated with good fortune.

I create my art with acrylic paint and occasionally delve into collage or oil and cold wax.  I draw feeling and inspiration from the world around me and let it be what it is with the help of some paint and a canvas.  

My husband and I, along with our rescue dogs, make our home in Brevard. Second only to my passion for painting is the volunteer work that I do for a local animal rescue organization.

Thank you for visiting today. Feel free to contact me anytime with questions about my existing work or about commissions.

Carol Clay
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