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Signature Profiles

Pat Clayton

Sadie Sullivan

CASCADES, 2015, 11 X 14", oil on canvas

  Eye of the Icon , 2014, 30 x 18", oil on canvas

Eye of the Icon, 2014, 30 x 18", oil on canvas

  October Song , 2015, 18 x 24", oil on canvas

October Song, 2015, 18 x 24", oil on canvas


After practicing medicine as a family doctor in Seattle for twenty years, with much of that time spent in community health centers, in 1997 I devoted more and more time to painting and at present work as an M.D. only on a volunteer basis outside the U.S. 

My art education began at the Gage Academy in Seattle and has been supplemented by workshops and the learning that comes from teaching.  With my work now in corporate and private collections, I feel fortunate to have had the good fortune to be able to experience two careers and to “follow my passion.”

To me it is all about the glow of the color and nothing glows more than multiple glazes of transparent oil paint.  Beginning intuitively with a multicolored application of thinned oil paint manipulated by my finger in a torn up T-shirt, I use brushstrokes, rag blots and fingernail accents to develop the subject.  And the glow?  Subsequent layers of thin glazes with occasional thick impasto create a final result that is deceptively realistic with radiant transparent colors that glow and change with the light.

In order to add more interest to the two dimensional work of art itself I have recently increased my use of the palette knife.  The color tends to be stronger and cleaner and the texture is a lot of fun.  These paintings are obviously not reproductions!  Sometimes the trees become even more alive from the side when the texture of the brushstrokes adds to the impression of tangled branches and leaves.