Artist Statement 

Images of nature dominate my works and are done exclusively in water-media (watercolor, acrylics or water-soluble oils). When viewers look at my paintings, more than the subject is seen; something is “felt.” My watercolors on yupo express fluid, abstract-expressionist brushwork; while my plein-air paintings, on Ampersand panels, exhibit a more controlled, but impressionist feeling. I strive to have a balance between complimentary colors and grays. For More Freedom and Experimentation, I use Watercolors. In this media, I often begin paintings with only the elements and principals of design (i.e., composition, color, shape, space, line, etc.); then, as subject matter presents itself, I begin to bring objects into focus.   For Plein-air, I prefer Oils & Acrylics.  With both oils and acrylics, I prefer to paint on Ampersand Gesso panels as they have a smooth pre-finished absorbency. For oils, I prefer Holbein Water-soluble paints in tubes; and for acrylics, I like using Golden’s Open Acrylics.   This surface absorbs the paint and creates a nice smooth surface upon which I build subsequent layers.



At 16, I was introduced to wet-into-wet painting.  At this time, I was also introduced to classic art and culture: perspective, painting, fashion design, & great historical figures: Michelangelo, DaVinci, etc. Most of my landscapes are in direct response to exploring hills, meadows, forests & mountain ranges along the eastern areas of America. Visits along the Atlantic sea coast have inspired paintings of rocky cliffs, waterfalls, serene beach scenes, and lighthouses. More recently, travels to the southwestern states of Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico have jump started a love of abstract-expressionist painting.  Following High School, I received degrees in art and special education.   Concurrently, I continued my explorations of watercolor, oil & acrylic painting through workshops under internationally renowned artists.  Today, not only do I enjoy painting in my studio, but I love to paint with the Ohio Plein Air Society on location, throughout Ohio. As well, I teach both private and group art classes, do several workshops, publish a website and a blog.  WEBSITE:   http://www.pierceclarkfineart.com    WEEKLY BLOG:   http://www.pierceclarkfineart.blogspot.come   


Juried Shows/Awards

2011             Western Ohio Watercolor Society, FIRST PLACE TRANSPARENT WATERCOLOR (watercolor on yupo)

2010             Southern Colorado Watercolor Society (2 abstract paintings chosen),  “National Exhibit”
2007-08                Art Association of Randolph County, Indiana, Honorable Mention, Professional level
2006                      Art Space/Lima, Lima, Ohio (Plein Air)
2005                     Western Ohio Watercolor Society, BEST OF SHOW (watercolor on yupo)
2005                     Ambience Benefit, Springfield, Ohio
2004                     Chautaugua of the Arts, Columbus, Indiana
2003                     Munce Fine Art Fair, Zionsville, Indiana 



  • University of Dayton, Marian Exhibit, 2011, 32 paintings and one sculpture, 2011
  • Synesthesia Gallery, Centerville, Ohio  (YUPO Exhibit & Workshop), 64 paintings (abtracts on yupo),  2010
  • LAWS, Lima Area Watercolor Society, Lima, Ohio (YUPO Workshop) 2010 
  • Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society, Cincinnati, Ohio (Open Acrlic Demonstration & Workshop) 2009
  • Centerville Art Gallery, Centerville, Ohio (watercolor on yupo)2010


Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio Masters: 1996, with Honors, member:  Kappa Delta Pi, 1995-96 Bachelors: 1971, with Honors, Dual Certification:   Visual Arts K-12 and Education of Handicapped; Reading High School, under the tutelage of Miss Helen Worral, herself a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1966


Workshops attended  

Chuck Marshall, 2010, Elin Pendleton, 2010, Kevin McPherson, 09, Sandy Maudlin, 09, Judi Betts, 07,  Stephen Quiller, 05, Pat Dews, 04, Joseph Fettingis, 00,  Cheng Khee-Chee, 99, Paul St. Denis, 95, Tom Lynch, 94


Art Teaching Experience

Troy Hayner Cultural Center, Art, adults, Troy, Ohio, watercolor, 1988-present; Troy Christian High School, 2000-2001; Private Classes (architecture, design) grades 7-12, 96-2009; Tecumseh Local Schools, Substitute, 80-87; Tecumseh Local Schools, Secondary Art, 76-79

Fairlawn Local Schools, Secondary Art, 71-75