On the Rivers Edge

About Jim Matthew

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.

Professional Background

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.

Jim Matthew

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.

James Matthew - Resume

6915 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95831     jimmatthew@hotmail.com www.jimmatthew.com


  • Bellevue Community College, Media and Communications 1997
  • Evergreen State College, Printmaking 1984
  • Washington State University, BFA 1978


My artwork is currently being shown at various exhibitions in Asia. Here is a list of current and recent shows:

  • 5th International Award Exhibition and Art Camp November 2019. Kahal Gallery, 1239-6 Higashihongo, Kawaguchi, Saitama, Japan
  • 4th International and National Award Exhibition and Art Camp. Presented by the SHorong Art Group, Shilpokola Art Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh, July 21st to July 25th, 2019.
  • Aqueous 2019 Exhibition, August 1st to August 30, 2019. Las Lagunas Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA.
  • Gallery Gold, Lake Range, Kolkata, India.  May 22-26, 2019.
  • Tri Arts International Art Exhibition. Chaturtik Art Gallery, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. February 22-26, 2019.
  • Global Friendship Art Festival, RTA Gallery, Thimphu, Bhutan. Feb 2- June 2, 2019.
  • Colors of Heart Exhibition, Mithila Yain Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal. December 1-3, 2018.
  •  From February 2018 to present time I have been exhibiting at the Tong Gallery in Walnut Grove, CA.
  • From October 2013 to October 2016 I was in numerous shows at the Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle, WA.
  • 5/1/12-5/28/12 - Sequim Arts Juries Art Show - Sequim, WA
  • 1/28/12-2/25/12 - The CVG Show, Collective Visions Gallery - Bremerton, WA
  • 12/15/11-1/15/12 - University business Center - Seattle, WA
  • 11/11-12/11 - Eveleth Green Gallery, Gallery One - Ellensburg, WA
  • 9/11-12/11 - PSGNWP Gallery, Seattle Design Center - Seattle, WA
  • 7/10-9/10 -  WA State Convention & Trade Center - Seattle, WA
  • 7/10-8/10 - The Black Fish Gallery - Portland, OR
  • 5/10-6/10 - PSGNWP, Kirsten Gallery - Seattle, WA
  • 6/09-7/09 - New Artists Members, Gallery 110 - Seattle, WA
  • 3/09-4/09 - University Business Center - Seattle, WA
  • 4/24/09-6/27/09 - Expressions West, Coos Bay Art Museum - Coos Bay, OR
  • 3/08 - Laura Frost Gallery - Seattle, WA
  • 12/07 - Seattle Sampling Show, Blowing Sands - Ballard, WA
  • Glass Studio
  • 11/07 - Redmond City Hall - Redmond, WA


  • Kirsten Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA
  • Gallery by the Bay, Stanwood, WA
  • Gallery 110, Seattle, WA
  • Arterra Art Representatives, Bellevue, AW
  • Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • Hartness/Shoos Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • Left Bank Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
  • American Art Company, Tacoma, WA


  • University Business Center, Seattle, WA
  • Greater Christ Temple Church, Tacoma, WA
  • The City of Seattle, Purchase Award, 2005
  • Batur Sekendur Dental Office, Edmonds, WA
  • The City of Kent, commissioned artwork for 2006 cornucopia Days advertisement
  • City of Tukwilla
  • City of Renton


  • City of Burien, Artwork for Brochures, 2008
  • Rock Group Tree house Dreamers, Artwork for CD cover, 2007
  • City of Kent, Cornucopia Days artwork for advertisements, 2006