About the artist
Kim Clayton is from Cambridgeshire, UK. She discovered digital art just over a year ago but has been an artist for far longer. Although she hasn’t settled on a single style yet, she continues to experiment with apps and explore how they can feed her creativity.
How did you first get into digital art?
My son, studying for his photography degree, inspired me to look into finding a way back to art and design again. I studied art until I was 18, when life took on a different road, as I lost my father: he had been my inspiration and motivation.
Why did you choose digital art as your medium?
Because I haven’t held a paint brush or drawing pencil in almost 35 years and there seems to be endless possibilities to be creative and hopefully develop further as an artist.
What is your artistic motivation?
To one day produce a piece of work that I am still happy with once I have posted it online.
Of all your images to date, which is your favourite and why?
Jellyfish 2 is my favourite as I think it is my most creative piece so far.
Which three words or phrases would you use to describe your work?
Works in progress.
What memorable responses to your artwork have you had?
I was featured by the The App Whisperer as their mobile photography art pic of the day and this [interview].
How do you think you’ve improved as an artist compared to when you first started?
I am beginning to relax and experiment more with my creativity and, although I still have a long way to go, I am beginning to master using the apps I have.
What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to when you started making art?
Don’t be afraid of your own creativity.
What devices/equipment do you use to create your art?
I use my 5 year old iPad.
Which apps/programs do you use to create your art and which are your favourites?
Superimpose, iColorama, DistressedFX, PSExpress and Picsart. Superimpose and iColorama are my favourites; I never imagined that I could even begin to produce art like this with programs for little or no cost.
And finally, do you use images from stock sites as well as your own photos and if so, which are your favourites and why?
I used my own photos in the beginning but I now use Pixabay for stock images; there are so many amazing images that I just couldn’t find time to take, as I work full time and, more importantly, my photography skills are amateur at best.
Thank you so much for doing this interview, Kim!
Where to find Kim’s work online.