Clive's work is sometimes done on rough board where the surface of the wood and the texture of the paint are integral to the meaning of the work. He believes that each painting should be a new exploration, and that the painting must have a life of its own and be able to speak for itself.
Clive studied Fine Art at the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg graduating with a BA (Fine Arts), followed by a Higher Diploma in Education. He lectured in Printmaking, Painting and the History of Art at the Technikon Natal in Durban for ten years. He has also since then lectured part-time in media design.