Clara Elizabeth Debnam, known to many as "Shadow" or Clara "Shadow" Debnam
Description of you art:
My previous work was a reflection of what I believed the world wanted to see, my current work is a reflection of what is best for me, my spirit...that inner man. And letting that from within lead and guide me. When I think about my work, my hope is that it is a depiction of life and not death. From the vibrate colors that I use, to the movement in the work as well as the movement brought forth in the creating process.
Places we can buy your Art:
James Huff's Gallery, Located downtown Winston Salem
When did you first realize that you wanted to do art?
At the art station in my Kindergarten classroomI would like to think that I came out the womb painting :)
How long have you been doing art?
Off and on since the age of 5
Were you formally trained ?
I have taken several art classes over the course of my younger years (I say that like I'm old :)) But what I like to believe is that a true artist isn't made, their born.
What inspires you:
MUSIC, seeing other artist's work, my friends and family,
Your favorite artist:
Lavon Williams, a wood carver out of Lexington Kentucky!!
Arts tool you cant live without:
Liquitex Heavy Body Paint, Robert Simmons paint brushes, and a high quality canvas and MUSIC
Your Art goals:
To breathe life and love into the eyes that are blessed with the opportunity to view my work. To walk into any random person's home and find a piece of me there to share each and every moment with them.
Advice for other Artist:
Accept criticism, find a mentor whose better than you...(as if anyone has the right to define what best is), realize early that painting is apart of your because you were BORN with it. A quote to live by: "We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generate action".