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Visceral Sophistication: Casey Matthews

7 Jul

Casey Matthews lives a double life.  Splitting her time between her home on Amelia Island, FL and a Chelsea apartment in New York City, in many ways, the Texas native is living an artist’s dream.  The best of both worlds, surrounded by natural beauty and small town Florida charm on one hand and the energy, excitement and grit of Manhattan life on the other.  She puts those hands together to create a body of work that is at once cosmopolitan and organic.

While Goldfish Sleep, mixed media on canvas, 48×60

Translucent washes of color recall water washing over sand or the pearl-like finish of the inside of a seashell.  Amoebic shapes cluster together like bubbles, a few occasionally breaking from the pack and seeming to drift across and down the surface of the canvas.

In The Thick Of It, mixed media on canvas, 36x48

Sleep Deprived and the Dog Can't Wait, mixed media on canvas, 48x60

But look closely at those clusters of shapes and color– it is in these little pockets that Casey lets the urban darkness come through..

Sleep Deprived And The Dog Can't Wait ( detail )

Casey is nothing if not a self-aware artist, working through the dynamics of her “dual citizenship” in the two pieces City Mouse, Country Mouse ( below ).

City Mouse, mixed media on canvas, 48x72

Country Mouse, mixed media on canvas, 48x72

This is intuitive work, the colors, shapes and forms emerging from the artist’s surroundings, emotions and experiences..

Prolapse, mixed media on canvas. 24x30

…with a touch of sardonic wit thrown in for good measure.  Are those grey tones reflective of the bleached Florida sand or is it the haze of NYC steel and concrete?  Only Casey knows for sure.

Construction Worker Boyfriend, mixed media on canvas, 36x48

Check out more of Casey Matthews’ work on her website and blog.  If you’re in the North Florida area, stop by Blue Door Artists in downtown Fernandina Beach for 2nd Saturday Artrageous Artwalk this Saturday, July 9th, Casey is their featured artist for July.

Artist Diggs: Daily Inspirations

11 Apr

I am so excited to bring you our very first Artsy Forager studio tour, featuring ( drumroll, please! ), Amelia Island artist Theresa Daily!  *applause*

Theresa and I struck up a friendship through the glory of Facebook long before we’d ever met in person.   This self-taught artist struck me as incredibly funny, generous and kind-hearted, not to mention talented.  Once I met Theresa in person last year, there was no doubt that my initial impression was true.

The artist in her studio

Though a Kentucky native, Theresa is definitely an “island girl” at heart.  Her work lovingly depicts the landscapes and life surrounding her on Amelia Island. 

You can usually find Theresa painting at Blue Door Artists on Centre Street in Downtown Fernandina Beach, FL– look for the blue door and crazy stairs!  She shares her sun-filled second floor studio with fellow artist, Carol Sprovtsoff.  You may even catch a glimpse of Theresa’s grandchildren, two adorable artists-in-training!

Potato-chip bag evidence, kids are about!

A peek inside her watercolor stash

Working in a collective studio like Blue Door allows the artists to share ideas and inspiration, as well as help each other out when they get “stuck”.  The idea of an artist working away in a lonely studio may be romantic, but not be nearly as much fun.  These artists feed of each other’s creative energy, which results in growth and more dynamic work.  For instance, when Theresa was struggling with her latest piece ( pictured below, behind the easel ), fellow Blue Door artist, Casey Matthews was there to encourage, offer suggestions and be a source of support. 

Theresa’s work has gone from mostly representational to more intuitive , abstracted landscapes.  But a consistent style and palette keeps the work coherent and instantly recognizable as hers.

The studio’s gallery space

Art for sale!!

Thank you for joining me on a little visit to the creative space of this local artist.  Stop by Blue Door anytime Monday- Saturday, 11ish to 5ish ( island hours! ) and you may be lucky enough to see Theresa Daily in action and enjoy a chat.

She may even share her potato chips.

Check out  Theresa’s website to see more of her work and be sure to fan Theresa and Blue Door Artists on Facebook.

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