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Paula Clayton: Chicago-based artist.
Painting, for me, has always been part of staying vaguely sane.
I was born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand. I have been in the United States for the majority of the last 20 years during which I have studied and worked as a mural painter and decorative artist.
I went back to New Zealand for about 3 years starting in 2011 to care for my mother. While I was at home with Mum, I found myself painting, because, well, that’s what I do. I had a ball over those 3 years painting whatever the heck I felt like. Several of the series in this shop grew from that period in my life, beginning with the power poles, moving on to Karate Mermaids, and then landscapes. With occasional segues into whatever else appealed.
In 2014, I returned to the United States and worked as a Pharmacy Technician. But... ehhh, I wanted more.
Since 2015 I have been back into a mural/decorative art career, with some Fine Art now and then.
Click here to go to my mural business page.
Now I am zooming around in Fine Art mode
making great messes in our basement studio
and having a blast with the possibilities
& paint. This is it!
Wild arty possibilities and collaborations, explorations, adventure.
Let me know what you think of my work - DM me on Instagram or Facebook!
Facebook DM: https://m.me/ChicagoGrunge
Metro Meditations (audio): https://soundcloud.com/user-647855560-976670352
For those of you who are curious about my official credential-credentials, here they are:
Certificate in Craft Design from Whitireia Community Polytechnic (1991)
BFA with a focus on mural painting. Western Michigan University (2001)
... and the detailed edition...
NATIONAL HEALTHCAREER ASSOCIATION Chicago, IL
ExCPT Certification: March 28, 2014
OPEN POLYTECHNIC OF NEW ZEALAND Wellington, New Zealand
National Certificate in Pharmacy (Technician)
Coursework: June 2013 to October 2013
ASHWORTH COMMUNITY COLLEGE Norcross, GA
The Professional Pharmacy Technician Program
graduated: May 2013
MASSEY UNIVERSITY Wellington, New Zealand
Certificate in Science and Technology.
awarded: August 2012
OAKTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE Skokie, IL
Graphic Design coursework
TWIG AND A FEATHER STUDIO Dundee, IL
American Clay Plasters & Concrete Overlays
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY Kalamazoo, MI
B.F.A. degree with honors, painting emphasis
awarded: April 2001
OUTLOOK RESOURCES Porirua New Zealand
Home Maintenance for Women
WHITIREIA COMMUNITY POLYTECHNIC Porirua City, New Zealand
National Certificate in Craft Design.
Specialization in Bone Carving
graduated December, 1991
Freelance Artist 02/15 – present
In A Jungle (owner) Chicago, IL, USA
Paintings, artwork, murals, faux finishing, working with other artists and studios in the greater Chicagoland area or on my own.
Vote My Say 03/16 - present
In A Jungle Chicago, IL, USA
Designed and ran site for products to promote voting in elections.
Web Design 11/2015 - present
In A Jungle Chicago, IL, USA
Using the Wix platform to build basic websites for clients - in a way that they can maintain the site themselves or have minimum help once set up.
Pharmacy Technician 09/14 – 9/15
CVS Pharmacy Chicago, IL, USA
Responsibilities included receiving and checking orders, customer service, pickup, drive-thru, receiving written prescriptions and conveying them to the pharmacist, preparing labels, dispensing of medicines, filing prescription
Pharmacy Technician in Training 06/13 – 10/13
Craig’s Chemist Wellington, New Zealand
Responsibilities included receiving and checking orders, assisting with pricing and discounts, receiving written prescriptions and conveying them to the pharmacist, preparing labels, dispensing of medicines, filing prescription records, assisting customers in locating OTC products, checking for expired stock, merchandizing, assisting in general housekeeping duties.
Carer 04/11 – 10/12
Family Wellington, New Zealand
Responsibilities included organization of time and activities, negotiating healthcare settings, following up with different health agencies, awareness and respect of individuality, money management, creating and maintaining a safe and enjoyable environment.
Lead Mural Artist 10/06 – 01/11
Signature Mural and Finish, Inc. Chicago, IL
Responsibilities included networking, initial client contact, developing mural ideas with clients, awareness of ‘green’ options, measuring and creating rough drafts to scale, planning and budgeting of projects, equipment maintenance, creating advertising material, liaison with other contractors, assigning tasks appropriately within team, coordinating and executing projects in paint, concrete, epoxy, troweled finishes, spray finishes, stencils and foils.
Mural Artist 08/98 – 10/06
Decovis Interiors Kalamazoo, MI
Responsibilities included initial client contact, developing mural ideas with clients, measuring and creating rough drafts to scale, planning and budgeting of projects, equipment maintenance, liaison with other contractors, executing painted mural projects.
Art Teacher, K-8 2001 - 2002 School Year
Kazoo School Kalamazoo, MI
Responsibilities included developing and implementing art curriculum within budget.
Private Commissions 1996 - 1998
Wellington, New Zealand
Mural & Faux finishing, paintings, bone carving, graphics, teaching aids, woodwork.
Set Design & Construction 1995
Circa, Taki Rua and Downstage Theatres Wellington, New Zealand
General stage hand, responsibilities included design, construction, efficient and effective following of directives.
Drawing Fundamentals Tutor 1992
Whitireia Community Polytechnic. Porirua, New Zealand
Responsibilities included developing and teaching drawing skills curriculum for a six week unit at community college level. Students started with a range of skill levels, all students completed course with ability to work from point, line, contour, volume and object drawing perspective.
EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS
∙ Drawing instructor, Chicago Park District, August 2017
∙ Vote My Say election & voting promotion website, Chicago, March 2016 - present
∙ Fabulous and Profitable, organizer: IDAL trade event, Genesis Art Supply, Chicago, March 2016
∙ Land, Sea, and More of the Sky Genesis Art Supply, Chicago, March 8th to June 2nd 2015
∙ Board Member, IDAL Heartland chapter, Chicago, January 2016 - present
∙ Land, Sea, and More of the Sky Brü Coffee, Chicago, May 2nd to 22nd 2014
∙ Polo Cafe karate mermaid scroll paintings, Wellington, New Zealand 2013/2014
∙ What’s Up flax and power pole scroll paintings, Deluxe Cafe, Wellington 2013
∙ More of the Sky power pole scroll paintings, Seatoun Cafe & Bar, Wellington 2012
∙ Cool Globes, Chicago Lollapalooza and Sierra Club globes, Chicago, August 2008
∙ Huntington Woods Mural Project Public Works, Huntington Woods, MI 2007
∙ University of Chicago Lab Schools 3rd & 4th grade mural project, Chicago 2005/2006
∙ Kleinstuck Mural Project, Kazoo School Working with students, Kalamazoo, MI Feb 2002
∙ Selected for Student Show Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 2001
∙ Sangren Mural Project Opening & Dedication (BFA Graduation Exhibit) Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 2000
∙ Annual Student Show Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 1999
∙ South Manitou Art Study Exhibition Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 1998
∙ Monoprints & Paintings Lower Hutt Women’s Centre, Lower Hutt, NZ 1996
∙ Indoor & Outdoor Furniture Outlook Resources auction, Porirua, New Zealand 1995
∙ Woodwork & Paintings “Woodworker’s, Fine Arts & Craft Auction”, Oriental Bay, Wellington, New Zealand 1995
∙ To Hononga a Wahine Takatapui, paintings, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, 1994.
∙ Paintings & Bas Relief works Hair Associates, Wellington, New Zealand, 1993.
∙ Turner House Gallery paintings, bone carving & pottery, Wellington, New Zealand, 1991.
∙ Origins paintings, bone carving, pottery & jewelry, PAGE 90 Gallery Porirua, New Zealand, 1991.
∙ The Great Nut Show tagua nut carving, Otago Museum, Otago, New Zealand, 1991.
∙ Origins paintings, bone carving, pottery, sculpture & weavings, PAGE 90 Gallery. Porirua, New Zealand, 1990.
HONORS AND AWARDS
∙ NPR commission “David and the Bar Code”, celebrating 50 years of Public Radio, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 2001
∙ Kalamazoo Gazette “Statues in the Stairwell”, Arts & Entertainment section, article on the Sangren Mural Project, August 9th, 2000.
∙ Western Herald “Start of Something Beautiful”, front page, featuring the Sangren Mural Project, 2000.
∙ Lee Honors College “Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Award” for the Sangren Mural Project, 2000.
∙ Dean’s List Western Michigan University, 1999 - 2001
∙ Dean’s List Kalamazoo Community College, 1999 - 2001
∙ Admitted Lee Honors College, Western Michigan University, 1999.
∙ Student Enrichment Grant Western Michigan University Art Department, to attend a session of The Pacific Arts Association, Chicago, IL, 1999.
∙ WMU Permanent Art Collection Award for “Sibyl”, Student Show, Western Michigan University, 1999.
∙ WMU Permanent Art Collection Award for “Copper”, Student Show, Western Michigan University, 1999.
∙ Angie Gayman Carter Art Scholarship, WMU Art Department, 1999.
∙ Logo Design Commission, Parliamentary Commission for the Environment, 1997
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