"The First Battle of Pocataligo," also known as the Battle of
"The Cotton Pickers" show plantation slaves working in a field with broad blue and white strokes for puffy cotton bolls.
"Forty Acres and a Mule" illustrates the Reconstruction program where former slaves worked on land abandoned by plantation owners.
To start each work, Clayton finds period or antebellum photos online, manipulates them on the computer using Photoshop, then applies pastel over the image.
It's a new style for the
Since retiring to
The exhibit also features drawings made with silver and gold pen on pastel paper. One depicts Captain
Pastel is his favorite medium, however, Clayton said.
"I find it easy. If you make a mistake or want to go in a different direction, it's very flexible."
Clayton estimated he spends four to six hours a day in his home studio, which has a desk with a computer and a table covered in color-coordinated pastels.
The rest of the time, Clayton devotes himself to history. He is co-founder of the
With the "Lowcountry Through Time" show, Clayton was able to combine his interests in art and history, the latter of which is abundant in this area, he said.
"You'd be amazed how many people come here and say, 'Wow, I had no idea this happened here.' "
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