Artist Statement

About Me

Thank you so much for stopping by! My name is Ari. I'm a young woman of color, artist, and recent college graduate who has the absolute honor of running The Clay Water Lily!

Artistic Journey

My artistic journey started at 12 years old with a set of graphite pencils. Filling sketchbooks with black and white sketches, I soon moved to color. Between the ages of 14 and 18, I won numerous awards for my colored pencil work. During that time, I also experimented with charcoal, pastel, watercolor, and acrylics, moving between the mediums. My heart was full!

Store History

Although my artistic journey stalled as a college student, in 2019 I began to dream about owning my own store and sharing my art with others.

In April of 2020, I began experimenting with resin and launched my first store in July selling primarily resin art. In late August, I got my hands on my very first set of polymer clay and the rest is history. This medium immediately won my heart and in November of 2020, I relaunched as The Clay Water Lily.

 “‘Water Lilies’ is an extension of my life.
 Without the water, the lilies cannot live, as I am without art.” 
- Claude Monet

The Store's Name

As a young artist, Claude Monet's "Water Lilies" always held my admiration and it was impressionists and post-impressionists like him and Van Gogh that inspired me to continue creating. When thinking of a name for this store, water lilies came to mind because of their symbolism for tranquility and hope; recalling my childhood artistic endeavors, I choose The Clay Water Lily as a name that would encompass my artistic origins and inspirations. 

Thank you then for allowing me to share my art with you. 

I know the little girl creating in her bedroom all those years ago is relieved to finally get the chance to create so freely. 

I can only hope creatives and others recognize themselves in my story and are inspired. 

 “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”
- Vincent Van Gogh