Elaine Clayman is both a commissioned portrait artist and a contemporary figurative painter. Her paintings capture the imagination of the viewer as the subjects or protagonists reflect "the story"... a story meant to offer transparency thereby capturing a glimpse of the soul of the subjects just as they... cross the line... leaving the viewers to complete the story by asking the questions "What is he thinking?" and "What is she sharing?" As Elaine expresses "I seek to record a poignant, at times, photographic moment in time and allow it to seep into the viewer’s mind so that the viewer, not the artist, completes the story. Through these images, I hope to insure that the viewer identifies and feels compassion with the protagonist even without words, the tools of the writer, simply because emotion is universal; we have all traveled many paths. My goal is to leave the viewer with the desire to want to spend real time with the people in my paintings ... to imagine them as people with whom they have so much intimacy that they can ask them "What's happening now that makes you feel this way?"
Elaine Clayman majored in art and literature in college and graduate school and her life moved in many directions professionally including owning an art gallery in Nyack, NY; creativity always played an important part in the trajectory of her life. Elaine is excited to return to her fine arts roots, her first love, oil on canvas. Elaine's paintings have been part of several juried shows in Manhattan and she continues to study, learn and grow. As reflected in her art, Elaine sees her life as inspired by many Transitional Moments. Many of her paintings are most inspired by the tipping point of unrestrained emotion.
Elaine is a native New Yorker. She has studied at Salmagundi Art Club and the Art Students League of New York. Elaine is a member of Audubon Artists, Inc. and Ceres Gallery in Chelsea.