Clifton began selling his carvings of lobster fishermen in the early nineteen seventies. Incorporating humour into historical scenes and current issues he became well known along the south shore.
Wildlife themes were part of his work from the beginning. Figurative works and portraiture were added later.
He has also evolved to work in other mediums, including stone, marble, ceramics, and pewter.
He is self taught, although he reads, no studies, books and magazines in the fields of art composition, carving and sculpture. Also, travels to the United States, Norway, Germany, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and more recently Melbourne Australia, have exposed him to the works of other sculptors and artists.
gallery and workshop location:
Whether it is a light hearted caricature, or a serious contemplation, I really want to engage the viewer ... make them think.
I hope they will be encouraged to mentally complete the story, fill in the gaps, or at the very least, identify with the concept.
I like a lot of variety in subject matter, medium, and composition.
I want to finish up the gallery, set up my studio and get back to selling my work, of course.
I enjoy custom orders and commissioned portraits, as they often challenge me to try something new, or present an image in a manner I may not have tried on my own. But I may not do a lot of them.
Some things I would like to do include ...
A serious stone carving for public display. Perhaps to do with fishermen lost at sea.
And perhaps a detailed portrait or two of well known people in the Atlantic provinces. I did one of Sydney Mahaney, Shelburne dory builder, with realistic face and folk art body, and someday, I might like to do more realistic studies.
Credits include one man shows in the several Nova Scotia Galleries
and museums, with a commissioned portrait carving on permanent display at
the Shelburne Dory Shop Museum. He was awarded a one year self-employment
grant, to help him pursue his art, and has won prizes from local art and carving
He has carved tribute portraits of locally prominent people including Basil Blades and Sydney Mahaney.
He was commissioned to create a stone monument of a life sized newfoundland dog for display in the War Memorial Park in Bass River. The theme is titled "Forgotten Heroes".
He was also chosen to carve a portrait figure of Terry Fox which was presented to his parents when they were down for our annual run.
"I will have pictures of these works when the site is finished."