Ben May Clay
Cigar Box Lady
Gadd Paintings & Prints
I have been working as a professional artist and illustrator for over 45 years studying art in Baltimore Maryland at the Le Millet School of Art, and The Famous Artist Correspondence Course with instructions John Pellew and Claude Croney, known for their expertise in landscape painting in watercolor. My medium was mainly watercolor before retiring from the University of Maryland as an illustrator. Since retiring I now have time to pain in oil and watercolor. My style is very traditional or representational.
My work has been shown in local galleries in Baltimore, Annapolis, and Pennsylvania with both one man and group shows. I am currently exhibiting with the Hanover Area Arts Guild in Hanover Pennsylvania and the Carroll County Arts Center, Westminster, Maryland. I have participated in local and international art exhibits, and been published in art magazines and publications, such the Southwest Art, and international Art magazines. I have won many various awards and ribbons in local and online art competitions.
I am a member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society and the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. I have been a judge in art competitions, such as the adult and children’s art for the Maryland State Fair.
I live in Carroll County, Maryland, and am inspired by the many beautiful landscapes and historical old homes and farms in the Maryland and Pennsylvania area.
I am a Howard County, Maryland-based Artisian who started creating beautiful clothing
at the age of 10 for myself. Later, I would have other women interested in having me to create
something for them. I would accompany them to purchase their materials for their outfit which
was so fulfilling. My father purchased my very first Kenmore Steel Sewing Machine and my
imagination for style took off. My passion for the love of fashion has always been at the
forefront of my designs.
Years later, my love for fashion has not waivered, but has extended into the realm of
women’s fabric tote bags, cosmetic bags, cross body bags, wristlets, change purses and more.
My designs are like a breath of fresh air. Some of my customers have compared my work to
Vera Bradley’s purse line (What a compliment!) A love of all colors allows me to go beyond the
normal blah solid fabric bags. The use of store bought sewing patterns and being able to tweak
them is amazing.
I have developed quite a following on Instagram, as well as at yearly juried Arts/Craft
Shows that I participate in.
The reason that I make beautiful women’s fabric tote bags and other bag accessories is
because I have a passion for sewing and creating beautiful bags. To see the smiles on the
faces of my customers and when they come back to purchase others is a joy within itself.
Beverly’s Beautiful Bags and More
Green Castle, PA