Susan Clifford-Clark versus the Wind

This week we had three new arrivals from Susan Clifford-Clark: Ballet, Windswept, and Wind Dance. These three pieces stay true to Clifford-Clark’s vision of drawing inspiration from the elements. I believe the element brought to our attention in these pieces is the power of the wind. Clifford-Clark’s focus is most noticeable by her choice in the titles of Windswept and Wind Dance. Whereas the third piece titled Ballet alludes to the wind orchestrating a metaphorical ballet within the ocean waves.

Wind Dance (sister to ballet, larger image not painting)

Wind Dance by Susan Clifford-Clark 30″x40″ oil on canvas

How would you paint the wind? This question almost seems impossible to answer. The other elements such as earth, fire and water can be seen by the naked eye. Ironically the air, or wind in this case, is that much harder to depict because of its transparency. Clifford-Clark not only effectively discovers a way to display the wind but also brings you into the landscape. These three pieces embody the feeling of the wind, where if you closed your eyes you can almost sense the wind blowing across your face.

Windswept  24x36 oil canvas

Windswept by Susan Clifford-Clark 24″x 36″ oil on canvas

For example, in Wind Dance and Ballet, the viewer is stranded in the middle of a powerful body of water. One can see how the wind forcefully tosses the water in Wind Dance, whereas in Ballet the left over white water from a previous wave had just crashed displays the aftermath of the wind. Windswept however takes a different approach to representing the wind, rather then being in the middle of a storm tossed sea, the viewer is instead looking out onto the horizon watching clouds be carried across the sky by the wind.

Ballet 30x40 oil canvas

Ballet by Susan Clifford-Clark 30″x 40″ oil on canvas

Therefore the water is no longer the activist of the wind but instead the focus is on the clouds. Whether the clouds or the water are influenced by the wind, Clifford-Clark captures the winds movements with a sense of ease and thoughtfulness through her realistic portrayal of the elements. Come out to Huckleberry Fine Art to view the pieces for yourself!

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