Artist Statement

My visual vocabulary is not the same as yours. Expect some surprises.

As literature is expressed with a written vocabulary, art is expressed with a visual vocabulary. I draw and paint to tell a story of what I find visually appealing. Daily I see things that trigger the "Wow" reflex. 

Sometimes I document a scene. On other occasions, I am more interested in conveying the feeling or emotion that scene evokes. Often the subject contains a composition, a pattern of light and dark, shape and form, color and contrast that intrigue me. I explore those visual components without regard to the accuracy of the initial subject. I sometimes incorporate imagined subjects and scenes.

My view of colors often challenges reality. I'm colorblind. I see the world differently, and I enjoy where that leads.

Jim Mathews


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