NINA CLAYTON was born in New York City in the baby-boomer years. Both her parents were classical musicians and when she was 16 they took her to Rome, Italy where she finished high school. Clayton continued her studies in France obtaining an AA degree from the American University of Paris. Living abroad for these years and traveling Europe engendered a love of the visual arts.
Returning to the U.S., Clayton obtained a BFA in Painting from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. Afterwards she studied graphic design, illustration, and computer graphics in NYC. She was a self-employed designer for many years and continued to paint as well. She never abandoned her love of fine art and the hope that one day she would transition to painting full time. With consistency and determination—qualities that served her well in most things— she planned for that opportunity.
Nina Clayton has now been making fine art exclusively for 5 years. She lives in the East Village section of Manhattan with her husband and a cat named Hercule. Her new studio is in the artist-regenerated area of Brooklyn called Bushwick.