Pauline Clay

Living in a rural area of Dinwiddie County, Virginia, gives me incredible opportunities to experience the subtle, quiet beauty of nature. From an early morning fog on an open field as the sun's rays shimmer through the trees, to the intense gaze of a great horned owl, I can view it all up close. This natural beauty, and my intense love of flowers, have become the inspiration for much of my art. I enjoy capturing the fleeting moments and transforming them into artwork that allows people to enjoy nature's splendor in a way they may not have previously experienced. I want them to recall the sweet fragrance of an old-fashioned rose or to see nature's incredible symmetry in the seeds of the center of a sunflower.


Using colored pencil as my medium, I can achieve the detail and realism I strive for in my artwork. Applying the pencil with the lightest of pressure allows me to build up color using 15 to 20 or more layers to give my art the vibrancy and intensity of a painting.

I earned a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in 2010 and have been  working in colored pencil exclusively for about 10 years, taking classes and workshops from nationally and internationally known artists. I worked as a journalist for more than 30 years until semi-retiring in 2017, which has allowed me more time to focus on art and develop my technique and own unique style.


  • International Guild of Realism

  • American Women Artists

  • Bon Air Artists Association, exhibiting member in colored pencil

  • Colored Pencil Society of America

  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden