The artist: Clay Platner of grass valley |

The artist: Clay Platner of grass valley

What is your career and your current job title? Artist – oil painter.

Describe in a sentence or two your art. From the peaceful, gentle sight of a fog bank rolling in on a coastal shore to the magnificent power of a thunderstorm on a desert horizon, I get incredible joy capturing these ever changing moments of mother nature’s natural canvas.” And I’m always on the lookout for interesting people to paint, especially the working cowboy.

How long have you been working in this discipline? I have been expressing my passion for art for over 40 years. At the age of 12, I took my first professional art lesson and knew from that point on that I would always express myself with the paint brush.

Why do you do it? The best I can figure is when I was about 9, I was kicked in the head by a mule.

What do you hope to accomplish? Having done well over a thousand paintings, I’m still trying to find that one masterpiece that I know is still within me.

Do you create your art with an exact message you want the viewer to receive, and if yes, what is that message? I learned long ago to create art that pleases me and to let the viewers decide on their own whether they find any beauty and/or messages. A “loose” style with lots of brush strokes to create a painting is a very difficult method to attain, and when a viewer appreciates the beauty of the art itself, I am pleased.

Where do you want to be with your art, in terms of part-time versus full-time status, art positions and where your works are seen? My work is currently on display at the following galleries: The Louvre in Grass Valley, the Camelot Gallery in Marysville, The James Harold Gallery in Tahoe City and the Arte Gallery in Mesquite, Nev.

Any other comments you’d like to include? We sold our home in Logandale, Nev., and moved here in late October of 2007. I was immediately awed by the colors and beauty of the region and started painting right away. While living in Logandale, I displayed my art and provided lessons through the Mesquite Arts Guild. At some point, I would like to start teaching in the Grass Valley area.


The artist: To suggest a creative talent who should be profiled in this feature, contact Pam Jung at or 477-4232.

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