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Tempe artist Clay Elliott specialized in portraits until a few years ago, when a European vacation shifted his focus away from flesh. I was attracted to the monuments and statues of Spain, he says. Thats what grabbed me the most. Using Photoshop, Elliott created a color map of his photos, transferred them to canvas, and applied layers of brightly colored acrylic paint basically, an adult version of paint-by-numbers. So what became of the portraits? Some are in the exhibit. Those he didnt want were donated to charity. I have some pieces that I love when Im first done, explains Elliott, but in time, that obsession fades.