is an artist, videographer, and video editor.
Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, he currently lives in
the Gulf Coast city of Ocean Springs where he enjoys kayaking, camping, and collecting driftwood.
Hardwick is a 2009 Millsaps College digital arts major.
While focusing on video art and multimedia installations
in school, he didn’t seriously start painting until after graduation. Clay has won dozens of awards in regional film festivals, been nominated for multiple Regional Emmy, Davey and Telly Awards mostly for his work on music videos or documentaries, both web, television, and film. He has done work for many national and local clients, including PBS, Walmart, the Human Rights Campaign, MS Public Broadcasting, the MS Museum of Art and others.
Using the expressive practice of abstract painting, he explores the rhythms, patterns, and lines that are constructed through time; the marks made by time on our land:
“Time has a way of carving itself, manifesting itself, revealing itself on our planet. While it does have its ticks – tocks, it is the variations in these that creates the true beauty, the soulful music. Rivers don’t flow in straight lines, mountains aren’t giant cubes, and our coastlines dance. Variations in the lines make the beat turn into music and for the colors to mux into a painting.”
Carol discovered her talent for painting when she attended an art class while visiting Santa Fe,
New Mexico, during the Canyon Road Spring
Art Festival. Her son Clay gave her a complete set of art supplies. She took a few lessons from local artists and began painting.
"Inspired by nature, I am aware of light playing upon the trees, flowing through the leaves, or reflecting from them; light dancing on water creating patterns; the many shades of blue in the skies interrupted by clouds displaying outrageous colors or calmly providing a backdrop for an inspiring rainbow. I want to capture these moments on canvas to share with others, to evoke wonder and reflection while I paint, when viewed, and reviewed, much like a favorite song."
Carol is dedicating all profits from sales of her art to Adopt Together, the world’s largest crowdfunding platform for adoption, toward the adoption of her fourth grandchild from a foreign country. (Be careful asking Carol about her Grands! She can talk about them!)
Many years ago Carol created stained glass projects. Retired executive director of the Mississippi Economic Development Council and former aide and campaign coordinator for Senator Thad Cochran, she currently serves as executive director of the Rotary Club of Jackson.