I discovered my love of painting early in life, thanks to my grandmother, who lived with us in a basement apartment. As I grew older, my passion only grew, and I went on to obtain my associate's degree from Highline College, where I met instructor Bill Mair, who would ultimately change my life. In his class, I developed my understanding of color and design, along with an urge to further my career.
After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington State University, my wife Cindy and I moved to the Quinault Indian Nation in Taholah, where we lived for a decade. During this time, I spent my days commuting to Olympia to take classes in printmaking.
Upon moving to Seattle in 1989, I started working as a studio assistant to friend and fellow artist Alden Mason. Through him, I met an array of local artists and began showing my work at the Woodside/Braseth Gallery. In the years since, I've expanded my skillset, completing a series of graphic design classes in 2013, before moving to Sacramento and beginning a series of paintings focused on local flora and the beauty of the local river delta.
Today, I remained fascinated with this area and strive to capture its magnificence in my work. Though I sell and show my paintings to art lovers around the world, I have a special focus on showcasing my work throughout Asia.
Artist Statement of Jim Matthew
In my paintings I am using a technique that blends some of the school of the Impressionists, along with a brush stroke patterning of the pointillists. My goal is to create paintings that emphasize applying color in such a manner as to generate a more vibrant effect with regards to the colors used in the painting.
When I moved to Sacramento 3 years ago from Seattle it was quite a jarring experience. I soon discovered the Sacramento River Delta region that really appealed to me because of the areas elements of vast agriculture, the river that runs through it, and the old towns and boats in this region. I simply dropped the style of painting that I had been using for many years, and try to come to grips with this very colorful, very large, and very beautiful area.
My paintings are not really about the subject matter as much as they are about creating a visually dynamic painting from the use of small brush strokes, and emphasizing the contrasts in man made elements amongst the natural elements. A subtle blending of contrasting and complimentary colors. Paying attention to the use of light in the painting. Thinking of the entire canvas as a single element and not a series of individual elements. By working in this manner I hope to achieve a painting that is more of a pleasure to look at for itself, and not for accurately portraying a particular scene from somewhere.