Hi, I’m Claiborne.
It’s pronounced Clay-burn, like fire. You’re also welcome to call me Clay.
I live and paint in Arlington, Virginia.
I have degrees in both environmental science and water resources engineering. I’ve spent most of my working life in the environmental field, either directly or tangentially. I know how to study, map, manage, market, and sell nature, but nowhere have I found a place to love nature.
Art offers that opportunity.
My mother was an artist who gave up painting when she had children. My grandmother had a talent for sewing and made all of my mother’s most fashionable outfits. I’ve taken art classes off and on throughout my adult life but always thought I had more important things to focus on. In recent years, I’ve decided I was wrong.
Art is the most important thing for me to focus on.
Much of my artwork comes from a desire to connect more deeply with the natural world, whether it be flowers, trees, flamingos, or the Earth herself. It’s also an expression of gratitude for all that nature provides — a way to offer my own form of beauty back to the world.
My blog, like my artwork, is ever evolving. For now, it’s a place to share musings, notes, and an occasional essay on nature, art, and living a more purposeful life.
I hope you enjoy what you find here.