We had the good fortune of connecting with Billy Clifton-Strawn and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Billy, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I am inspired by the creativity and dedication of the artist I have meet along the way. I also get a huge charge of inspiration when experiencing the arts.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I dabbled in drawing and painting throughout the years but never mastered the techniques and methods of traditional art and artist. My hand has always been unsteady and unsure in those medium.  Being a creative, I became frustrated at his inability to draw and paint. I stopped trying. I always felt like there was a vast reservoir of ideas and images in my mind that was being held back behind a formidable dam. At the age of 64 (I am 65 now) that dam burst!   That reservoir of creativity finally broken through and is flooding out. I just can’t produce work fast enough to keep up with the flow of ideas. My current catalog of work numbers over 250 articles produced over the last year.

What breached the dam?   Modern tools!  My husband David gave me a iPad Pro and Apple Pencil for his 64th birthday. I took to them instinctively. It turns out thaty canvas is an iPad.  An iPhone camera, Apple Pencil and photo editing software are my paints and brushes.

I am self taught and works exclusively with mixed digital media. I like to say my work is “Created in Pixels”. My work can involve digital compositing of his own original photographs, extensive digital painting or both.

My entire catalogue exist virtually in the cloud. The work becomes physical as giclees*.

Mu influences in the arts are many and varied such as his husband David Clifton-Strawn who is a fine art photographer and portrait photographer. My late brother Garry was an artist. My father painted as a hobby.

My fine art influences are from art books and personally viewing many master works in several museums across the United States and Europe. My major artist influences are M C Escher, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gough, Jackson Pollack, Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat, Peter Max, just to name a few.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Monday we would rent electric bikes at the Atlanta Bicycle Barn and take a bike tour on the Eastside Trail of the Beltline; stopping at Bell Street Burrito for one of those great burritos. We would spend the day riding from Piedmont Park all the way to Glennwood Green. Of course no trip along the beltline would be complete without checking out the graffiti and street art in and around Krog St Tunnell.

Tuesday we would take in my Solo Exhibition: Floral Majority on display at the Glenn Gallery at St Luke’s Episcopal church. Then head out to visit the many art galleries in Buckhead and West Midtown.

Wednesday would be spent at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. I would show them the wonderful world class exotic orchid collection, many of which show up in my art. We would head over to the garden after having one of those amazing bagels at Brooklyn Bagel in Ansley Mall. While at Ansley Mall we would take in the current exhibition at Atlanta Photography Group.

Thursday would be a day for indoor activities. We would head over to MOCA Atlanta to see their current exhibition. We would stop in for lunch at the new Colony Square food court. After lunch we would walk over to the High Museum.

Friday is lounging day. We would linger over coffee on the huge deck at the Dancing Goat at Ponce City Market. We would grab lunch in Ponce City Market. Them home for a nap before heading to underground Atlanta to take in the their art galleries until time to go down to Future Club for dancing.

Saturday would be a great day to hit up Hot Dog Pete’s in Summerhill before heading over to Mutiny Artwrx and Mint Galleries over in the West End.

Sunday we would have to go to CHURCH of course. I mean Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium over in the Sweet Auburn District. If we are lucky there will be a tea dance.

I guess you could say we would be “arting” all week.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Oh wow. Thank you for this opportunity to thank my Husband, David Clifton-Strawn. Watching him develop and produce his fine art photography with dedication and purpose is inspirational. David gave me the iPad that is the main tool I use to produce my mixed media digital work.

Website: Www.billycliftonstrawnart.com

Instagram: @billycliftonstrawn

Facebook: Billy Clifton-Strawn Art

Image Credits
David Clifton-Strawn Photography

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