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As creatives, our passion is fueled by the beauty we see, whether it be the awe of the bride walking down the aisle adorning her white, flawless gown or the bright blue eyes affixed on the sweet face of a little boy, maybe it’s the elegance of perfectly arranged peonies or the satisfaction that comes with wrapping up a smoother than butter event. Beauty of life comes in various elements and mediums and lies within the eye of the beholder.

Welcome! I’m Erica Clayton, the founder and designer behind The Refinery. I am a passionate artist in many forms but having the opportunity to bring the beauty in a creative’s dream to the surface is where I find my sweet satisfaction. My heart swoons at a perfectly chosen color scheme, dashes of calligraphy and every little detail. I am a wife of 9 years to a man that refreshes my heart constantly and a mama to five fun {and crazy} kids. I believe in holding on to hope, that joy is contagious and that living intentionally has a beautiful impact in others.

My love for art took me on this journey of creative entrepreneurship. It is a gift that has been handed down in my family for generations, my dad being one of the biggest inspirations in my life. He is a phenomenal chalk pastel artist and his skills rivaled many greats. As a little girl, having this influence pushed me to develop my art and to attain the ability he held while being true to who I was. It caused me to explore a variety of mediums and led me to my happy place — leave me with my sketch book and pencil and I am gold. I began to develop my art into graphics and combined that with my obsession for organization and turned it into a career.

The vision when establishing The Refinery was the very definition of the word: a place to refine. My goal with each of my clients is to take the vision and passion that took them on this journey, refine the ideas and produce a gorgeous brand that encompasses you. You are the artist behind the scenes. It is your adventure, your risk, your dream and your reality. Everything about your venture should portray you —  and I take it as my personal challenge to create a brand that you will wear with pride.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” -Steve Jobs

To have the privilege of using my love for design as the fuel for my business is nothing like I’ve ever imagined. Not only can I put the passion that has been inside me for years to use but I have been given the rare opportunity to work beside other lovers of art who also desire to bring more life into the world with their creative hands.

 


MEET MY FAMILY

With as much as I love branding and art and all things creative, my family, oh how I LOVE my family! My husband and I have been married for nine adventurous years. We met in college and he swept me off my feet and still continues to do so. He loves Jesus and leads our family so well. Together, we have five absolutely amazing children, three daughters, Noah, Shea and Tatum and two sons, Diesel and Lincoln. My heart and home are always full of sweet memories being made, little laughs, a lot of wild and a whole lot of crazy.