Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, the train terminus and cultural capitol of the southern United States, exposed "Chastain Bernard" Clark to art, people, and ideas from around the world. Naturally, The South is a place of contrasting culture that is expressed un-apologetically in politics, race, and visual art. Always obsessed with the energy of Atlanta and bolstered by the freedom of expression found in such a diverse place, Chastain began to channel such influence into abstract paintings. Further inspired by abstract expressionist painters of the 20th century, their reaction to a war-torn world, and the inception and evolution of the American painter, Chastain draws parallels to his own life. He has become known for black and white pieces that incorporate expressive movement and physical elements such as rope and twine sutures, a body of work he describes as Abstract Depressionism. Such aesthetics reflect the contrasts by which we know the world, as we may only know something by the character of it's opposite, and thus its equal.