In a beautiful and inspiring conversation, Clay Stapleford tells us about finding painting and explains that, as he moved into his art, he found himself developing trust, learning to improvise, and becoming more fully himself. In short, art not only gave him the skills to live his life, but it deepened his life and brought him happiness and fulfillment.
Lessons from the Show
Clay talked to us about art, life, and livelihood and offered us many wonderful lessons that point us towards an authentic, happy and fulfilling life and career including:
- The level to which you have an aptitude you don’t use will directly affect your level of unhappiness in life;
- Moving into a natural life brings a shift in being from within that affects how you care for yourself, how you care for the environment, and how you love;;
- Life is improvisation: play your solo when you are called to do so, then get back in line so that someone else can..
Clay is an abstract painter of shapes and colors… self taught and working primarily in acrylics on canvas in Atlanta, GA. His work explores the boundary between order and chaos. His process is a dance… a free flowing emotional or instinctual response to his environment plus the colors and materials he collaborates with. He seeks ‘no mind’. He is an open channel.
Previously Clay was a marketing associate at Sysco, having obtained a MA from UNC Chapel Hill in journalism
You can find out more about Clay and his work at his website, claystapleford.com, and you can contact and follow him on facebook and instagram.
This is episode # 182