Clark Medley (born 1971) is an artist who currently splits his time between residences in the small town of Fairview Heights, Illinois (just outside of St. Louis, Missouri) and New Orleans’s lower 7th ward. He started his professional career as a Tattoo Artist and over the last 25 years has honed his skills in a variety of mediums. His skills include carving large scale woodcuts, sculpting, illustrating, tattooing, and painting. In the early 2000’s he attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville focusing on sculpture to expand his knowledge and skills which would further his career aspirations. By the 2010’s he began using paint in the study of dancing forms which lead to the creation of a cryptic language. After creating and refining these forms into a complete set of symbols he began to explore using the contrast of color and texture to balance and compliment the symbols in beautiful and eloquent manner. He has assembled this collection in a way that is modern and contemporary. The inspiration for this collection is rooted in his dyslexia which created difficulty reading and spelling in school. Clark’s inner spirit to triumph over adversity drove him to take his biggest weakness and turn it into his biggest strength. He paints daily but will work with any medium, his style is easily recognizable in any form.