Clayton’s art reflects the environment in which he works and lives. Now mid- October, Clayton has been gathering pears and apples form the orchard he planted ten years ago. The vegetable garden is winding down, though still producing some above ground fruits and vegetables. Clayton picked the last Warren pear and brought it along with a couple of Sungold tomatoes into the studio to paint instead of eat. Since his pears aren’t sprayed with any chemicals, sometimes insects will burrow in, leaving indentations as the pear grows around their entry point. Organic growing can make for interesting looking fruit, and this pear has character. The two orange cherry tomatoes offer an eye catching contrast in color to the green Warren pear.