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Christmas Cactus on Canvas

Christmas Cactus. 12×16″, Acrylic / Canvas. December, 2020

12×16, Acrylic on Canvas
December, 2020

It’s loose and sketchy and out of my element. I enjoyed working on it, though. Maybe I’ll make another. Maybe not, we’ll see.

Thank you for visiting. Stay as long as you’d like… click around. Contact me to request a private studio tour.

Also, if you need to live with this, make an offer or let me know. It’s not listed yet.

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New Work: Human paint forms

gallery of abstract art called human paint forms

Paint Assembly, Paint Forms

Mixed media work where paint materials are assembled as abstract forms to draw relationships between process, presence, and transformation.

I’ve been working on this series all year.

If you’re wondering anything about these, please ask in the comments below. Also, let me know if you think I should give a video talk a whirl.

Thanks for visiting. Stay as long as you’d like… feel free to share or request a virtual private showing.

PS. And if you already know you need to live with these, let me know. They’re not in the gallery shop (yet).

Float, abstract contemporary mixed media oil painting "Float" Abstract contemporary mixed media oil painting by Jodee Clifford "Float" Abstract contemporary mixed media oil painting by Jodee Clifford

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Jodee Clifford, 2004, Oil Painting: Green Sweater, Mixed Media

Exploring relationships, roles, and transformation with materials, paint, human forms, and abstractions. Always in search of walls. Contemporary works on canvas and other materials.

I find the tangible forms we experience life through fascinating. I draw from life, and use those drawings as references for paintings.

Paint forms

In 2020 I began making sculptural mixed media pieces about transformation made with paint. They are paint materials assembled as abstract forms to draw relationships between process, presence, and transformation.

Shore Surrealism

Abstracted ambiguous coastal landscapes depicting natural and unintended consequences, repetition, and organic forms.

Figures on Clothes

Figures on Clothes was a series of paintings started in 2003 where I painted relationships between clothing and the human form explored between subject matter and material. They are nude female figures painted directly onto the surface of stretched and prepared clothing. I enjoyed the ironic relationship between subject matter and material.

First Impressions

In 2018, I started doing these oil paintings called “First Impressions”. They’re slow oil paintings from croquis flushed out in oil paint. With these paintings, I hope to parallel the way we fill in unknown character traits based on instincts after meeting someone new.


In 2016, I began a series of oil paintings, watercolor paintings, drawings, and ink drawings exploring human connection with body language, touch, and gesture; communicating and connecting without words through improvisational lead and follow social dance. As a dancer who formerly worked in media, this body of work is a reflection of natural communication in contrast to verbal or written language.

Living in a coastal area, bridge paintings relate connection from another perspective.


I’m fascinated with relationships, connection, language, instincts, and intuition.

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Mid-October Musing

Saltwater Veins V

2020 Edition


There are a couple of conversations happening on my easel right now. Like the first presidential debate of 2020, except they’re getting along. Different values, same stage. Actually, my paint forms and oil paintings have the same values – just different ideas about getting there.

Paint Forms are still underway and I’ve got a few coastal pieces in oil on canvas in the works, too. The paint forms are relatively petite. The coastal pieces are a little larger at 18×24″ and 48×60″. Photographed below, the top left is a work in progress getting close.

There are so many more to photograph. Paint Forms are tricky because they’re so reflective.


I’m finally able to take commissions on again… currently booking November and December projects. Contact me to get in. Do it! C’mon! Look at my commission face. 🙂

I could make a bad joke but it’s really just a couple days into prep for the mural I’m working on.

I’m writing this from a new computer. Naturally there’s a story… but I’m on overload so we’ll save that for another post.

All this crap is bound to come out somewhere… apparently it won’t be on a dance floor anytime soon. Keep an eye out on the visual front.

So. much. Crap. I’m grateful for paint.


Until this Covid mess, I’ve never gone 235 days without dancing… not since I started.

I get it, it’s not safe. The nature of social dancing is the opposite of social distancing. North Myrtle Beach sees spike in COVID-19 cases following unofficial shag dancing festival happened after people danced anyway. The article only cites two deaths but members of the dance community have been saying there are over 100 dancers sick and eight have died from Covid since the late September event.

I deeply empathize with how badly some people want to dance. To many, it’s just a fun and heathy hobby that should obviously be delayed until conditions are more favorable… but for others, social dance is something that meets real life needs. I won’t go further into it here but this whole situation is discouraging.

*Bring it up a notch, Jod*


Back in April, I made a “meet the artist” video to go along with my 48 Blocks project – I plan to re-record it sometime soon with my fancy new computer. It sounds like the ACAF will be publishing their virtual 48 Blocks weekend online soon, too.

Flute is open again… and they’ve added a lovely new open air patio. Go see my friend, Herve, and tell him you’d love to see another art show since the last one was cut short.

On a side-note, I’ve got a personal revelation going on. I’m moved and torn between telling the world and keeping it personal. Hopefully with enough time, it won’t be quite so consuming. Maybe my mind will find some productive, subjective, non-literal, subtle while still satisfying outlet for some of this BS.

Wait… expect more Paint Forms.

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Beach Painting

beach plein air sunset beach cape may point

I had a few hours between jobs and wanted to paint but it was 80 degrees and sunny.

My wacky schedule has me juggling paint and down time. I’ve been dipping my toes into plein air situations, despite being fussy about painting scenarios. These recent open air paintings on paper have very little to do with what I’m doing – aside from opening potential to strike up conversations about purchasing work or raffle tickets.

To me, this plein air thing is more of a skill-building exercise than anything else. I don’t typically do these types of beachscapes, nor do I prefer to work quickly, or in public. I don’t like talking while painting. Heck, I don’t even like listening to music with lyrics at my easel. 

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Saltwater Veins III

This is the largest pastel painting I’ve done to date. It’s four feet high by ten feet wide on paper, completed in the spring of 2020.

It’s part of a shore surrealism series I’ve been contemplating since 2017. I’m only sure of the date because in my massive organization project, I recently flipped through an old to do list in an appointment book before shredding it. “Start working on Shore Surrealism paintings.”

I take my to-do lists very seriously. Occasionally with creative matters, I rewrite items 900 times before the stars align and the spirit moves me into action. It’s just part of my process.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or to schedule a virtual studio tour.

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Saltwater Veins I

It’s part of a shore surrealism series I’ve been thinking about since 2017. This year brought an unbelievable reality scene set for making a series of surreal paintings. It’s somewhat large at 48×60″.

The original is still available, though as of this post, it is not yet listed in my new gallery shop.

The gallery shop is where you can find originals. Fine Art America is where you can find my prints, and other items. I’m working hard to get as many available pieces photographed, described, and listed as quickly as possible. Some days require studio time. That’s where virtual studio tours and Venmo come in.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or to schedule a virtual studio tour.

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Paint Assembly

Draw Paint forms. Abstract contemporary mixed media oil painting

Stewing on an idea about paint, what it does, and its representations, I began a new series of abstract work earlier this year. Paint Forms. I made a number of relatively small mixed media pieces of abstract work on wood. I’ve been building the transformative series in unison with Armageddon. Life poetry.

New mixed media work where paint materials are assembled in collage as three dimensional elements atop colored ground to draw relationship between process, presence, and transformation. Some are built on mono-prints from paper targets.

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