Clayton De Freitas at Horizons Art Gallery
Local artist Clayton De Freitas was raised in Belmont among gingerbread houses, which played their part in sparking his passion for art. This passion has been a constant element in his life, persisting despite his deteriorated vision in one eye and near blindness in the other. Clayton carries out social work with drug rehab programmes and 12 step groups in various prisons here in Trinidad. He also carries out art therapy and anger management courses in the prisons. Currently, he is assistant secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Art Society.
Clayton has delved into painting with acrylics, water colours, fabric paints and created drawings in pen and ink. He has touched the hearts of many with his watercolours of old homes and nature scenes through his exhibitions in Trinidad and in the Antilles. His work has found homes in places such as Montreal, Toronto, England, Egypt, Holland, the Netherlands Antilles, England, Barbados and the United States. Clayton has been involved with the curatorship of several art shows in Trinidad including, by request of the Archbishop of Port of Spain, a charity auction of works of fine art in aid of the restoration of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
His advice? "Always see the beauty that surrounds you .....it’s there for us all to capture, in a look, a glance and even on paper, or canvas "