“So much happens when I’m out, and it’s different every day. Some days I’m reflecting and working out conflict, other days my mind is open, and I’m actually working on my art,” explains Matthews. “I notice the way a structure looks against an interesting sky or the change in color and texture of the landscape as the seasons shift.”
“My boys joined the swim team this year. Therefore I spent a lot of time poolside. I want to keep digging into this theme and examine it more,” says Matthews. “ There is so much fascinating stuff at swim meets. I quickly became interested in capturing these moments.”
Whether you are a local or a visitor, spending time in this area produces an emotional connection and energy. Be it in a single wave or an entire span of beach, Matthews captures that connection, and it brings her work to life.
Samuel’s Wave is a painting of a moment that had such an impact. Matthews is naturally drawn to the coast and has always felt her best when connected to the sea.
As many artists who are encompassed by the beauty here, Matthews’s work is inspired and influenced by her surroundings. “I am struck by things visually in an instant. Be it the way light plays off of something or the color interactions on a clear blue day.