photograph with mixed media, 8" x 8", framed by artist
LéAna Clifton is a Marfa, Texas-based artist, born in Pretoria, South Africa, working in mixed-media for over 12 years. She has a passion for large fields of color and contrasting line. Living in rural West Texas, Clifton was uninspired by the winter landscape. She found an escape in the colors of the trains passing through Marfa—the only color she would regularly see in the winter. This provoked her most recent body of work, long exposures of the trains passing through Marfa.
Focusing, almost exclusively, on creating small and large scale abstract images of freight trains running through the far west Texas high-desert, Clifton captures their visceral power, movement, color and contrasting lines. These abstract long-exposure photographs feature no digital manipulation, and traditional hand techniques such as pencil and paint directly over the photograph. Each piece in this series is completely original.