James Matthews’ Eviction Quilt #3 (Green Medallion) earned an honorable mention in the 60th Annual Delta Exhibition.
The Delta Exhibition has long been a southern standard. Now in its 60th year, it continues its lasting tradition of a much-anticipated annual event for artists and art appreciators alike. The quantity, 1424 works by 618 artists, and diversity submitted speaks to the dynamic state of contemporary art in the Mississippi Delta. Of note was the surprisingly large number of figurative works entered in both two and three dimensions. It has been an honor to … Read More
For the last 17 years I’ve spent nearly every day teaching art classes to teenagers either at Little Rock Central High School or at Arkansas Governor’s School. Dual careers as artist and art teacher at times can be very similar and at other times seem completely unrelated. Over the last few years, however, I’ve begun to have a better understanding of how these two sides of my life are connected. My interactions and experiences with … Read More
It would be interesting to believe that my preference for wood as a medium is rooted in millennia of forebearers wresting survival out of every inch of a tree, but it’s probably much less romantic than that. I enjoy making sculptures out of wood simply because it’s intuitive and malleable. I am able to create nuanced forms that come directly into reality much more quickly than when I work with stone or metal. The route … Read More
Printmaking, in particular relief, is my primary means of exploration in the visual arts. The content of my work fuses the rich tradition of Greek/Roman mythologies with an American Roots Music perspective. These visual ballads sing out in their symbolism, narrative, and energetic atmospheres. My work balances a multifaceted investigation of independence and mystical narratives. The bold and graphic marks of the woodcut/relief technique reiterate the tension and energy of the figures in these works. … Read More
As a painter, I find inspiration in all that I see all of the time. Chartreuse moss on a wet sidewalk, a stripped bare concrete floor, tangled geometry and colors as I ride my bike across a bridge, the memory of a dream with an unimagined color combination. Yet, the act of painting is another reality. Interacting with the medium, the mark, the mistake on the surface draws me into and away from my visions. … Read More