Save the Ta-tas and Featured Artist for October

This upcoming weekend I am the featured artist at the Blue Door Art Studios (October 10th).  We are open late every Second Saturday of the Month, 5-8PM.  I will be celebrating 13 years in my studio!

Also, if you have not heard – it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I will be  raffling off my favorite pink painting!  My wonderful friend, Kerry Itami, was diagnosed with breast cancer a few months ago, so this cause is especially dear to my heart.  Proceeds of the raffle will go toward breast cancer awareness in Kerry’s honor and help fund mammograms for women in need. Tickets/entries are only $1 each!

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Casey Matthews “Bottle Brush” (40×30)

I have been a painting fool this year and in the past few week I have shipped or delivered new work to Stellers Gallery in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Shain Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Addison Gallery in Delray Beach, FL, and Gallery Orange in New Orleans, LA.  Here are a few of my favorite paintings I just completed:

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Casey Matthews “We Dodged the Bullet” (60×60)

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Casey Matthews “The End of an Era” (60×72)

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Casey Matthews “Drink the Kool Aid” (60×60)

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Casey Matthews “Soft Scene” (30×48)

It seems that whenever I discover a new art product, my style tends to shift. I love that growth and self discovery. When I look at artists who don’t seem to evolve very much over the years, I wonder if they are dead inside (is that too harsh?).  First it was Fluid Acrylics that changed my life, now it is India Inks and Acrylic Gouache. I have really been able to achieve such vibrant colors as well as super subtle, yet powerful transparent washes.  It’s time to match the sofa to the art folks!  I’m really loving my work right now.  It is a total ass pain to work horizontal all the time (I need more space!) but I’m dealing with it.  I have been so busy – I’m not taking any new commissions until 2016!

Casey Matthews in the Studio

Casey Matthews in the Studio

I love striped shirts!  I think I have about 12+ of them.  I think I wear a different one several times a week.  It’s so very French, Picasso, Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Warhol-esque.  I channel my artist self, living in France on a sailing vacation overtime I wear one!

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Addison Gallery in Delray Beach, FL

We just got back from Delray Beach, FL where I dropped off twelve paintings to the sexy Addison Gallery. I’m so excited to be represented by them and surrounded by such a talented roster of artists.

New Work at the Addison Gallery in Delray Beach, FL

New Work at the Addison Gallery in Delray Beach, FL

I have been working and sweating my ass off all summer – It was nice to get out of town for a few days and relax, and explore a new place, even if it was just for two days.  I wish we could have stayed longer and taken advantage of the spa at our hotel.  It is refreshing to visit other places in Florida that actually have residents under the age of 60; and people are excited about art, culture, design, and growth.  Sometimes I forget that I live in such a cultural black hole up here in Northeast Florida.  I suppose that is why I stay busy with work and try to get to NYC as often as possible.  But I guess I would not be me, and create what I do, if I lived anywhere else.  I just need to make an effort to travel more!

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Abstract Invitational – Shain Gallery in Charlotte, NC

If you are in the Charlotte, North Carolina area this summer, check out the Abstract Invitational at the Shain Gallery.  The opening reception is Thursday, August 13th 6-8PM and will hang through August.


Casey Matthews    “Scarlett”    (60×48)

Here are the other fabulous artists that were invited to participate:

Melissa Payne Baker
Kristin Blakeney
Harriet Goode
Holly Graham
Ashley Hizer
Laura Park
Eileen Power
Karen Scharer
Caroline Swetenburg

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Cocktails + Canvases at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation

If you have ever thought about coming to visit Amelia Island or Fernandina Beach, I highly recommend coming the weekend of October 2-4th because I am a featured artist during this event.  AND I am doing a demo where I’m giving away free art! Amazing food, handcrafted cocktails, and original art – you pretty much can’t go wrong!

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Small Work, Rejection, and Adversity

small work collage

I just finished a bunch of new small work and posted it on my website.  See more HERE.  I have a love hate relationship with creating small work because sometimes it can take sooo long to complete – and somehow I cannot shrink what I am currently doing – it just does not translate the same way.  My larger work seems very thin and loose, and the smalls appear very neurotic. They are fairly intense, painterly, and much thicker. I’m constantly editing until I get it just right.  There is a bunch of paint crammed in there per square inch – so you are really getting your monies worth! I have to believe the viewer has a more intimate relationship because one has the opportunity to get up close –  I just love how these turned out…


I ran across this the other day and wanted to share:

“Artists are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime. Every day, artists face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they’ll never work again. Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream. With every role, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment. With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life – the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why? Because artists are willing to give their entire lives to a moment – to that line, that laugh, that gesture, or that interpretation that will stir the audience’s soul. Artists are beings who have tasted life’s nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another’s heart. In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.” – David Ackert

I don’t even know who that dude is, but it really hit home.  The part that struck me most was,  “watching people my age succeed, and achieve predictable (financial) milestones…”  when I just live day by day.  I admit, what I do is pretty adventurous and selfish, and I only have myself to blame when things go wrong. I guess could have chosen a more stable career – but I did not.  There were several occasions about many years ago that I could not afford to go to a friend’s wedding, or even visit my family for the holidays.  And I was so unorganized and did not really know what in the hell I was doing, and at times, my ex-husband resented me because I did not make enough money.

As of today I have been rejected twice this year so far.  I’m not going to cry or anything; I’m actually fairly amazing with rejection.  Rejection and adversity helps me to strive for better things, leave my comfort zone, set goals, and push myself harder.  I learned over the years to differentiate between personal relationships and business relationships – and when it comes to business you just can’t take things too personally.  Sure, sometimes words can sting, and actions will have consequences, but in the end – you just gotta get over it.  Sometimes that is easier said than done because (A) I am woman, and am stereotypically already preconditioned to sensitivity,  (B) I’m already on crazy meds and (C) there are a bunch of narcissistic, delusional, selfish, psychopath, whaca-doos out there in the world that I have to deal with.

Right now, I have a pit in my stomach – I’m trying to make a few important time sensitive decisions, and I’m worrying about the future even when things are going great right now. People that I rely on have been leaving me hanging this past year.  I need a new assistant.  I need a million dollars…but I’ll just settle for a new assistant.


On a more upbeat note – I have switched representation in Atlanta!  I am now with Pryor Fine Art.  If you have never been in there – it is one of the most beautiful galleries I have ever been in (NYC included) and I am so honored to be working with them.  This is one of the new paintings I dropped off last weekend (and see more HERE :)


I’m so excited but scared at the same time.  This is something that I had been considering for quite some time, but change is scary, especially if the status quo is not so bad.  Change is essential to grow as a person and an artist – but that does not mean it is difficult to accept – or that your actions will be without consequences.  The only think I can do is keep working and create honest, beautiful, quality art that I am proud of and hope it all works out!


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New Work on my Website

I got off to a slow start this year:  I went on an amazing sailing vacation in the British Virgin Islands-

However, the day we left to come back home – I started getting sick.  More like an allergy/post nasal drip/sinus infection thing (not the flu) – I think because I smelled mold in our hotel room in St. Thomas.  I was not bedridden by any means, but just did not feel like doing much.  I tried painting a few hours here and there, but I kept spinning my wheels – my work time was completely unproductive.  Then the stuffiness moved into my ears, and I could not hear for two weeks. I had to go to the doctor three times, and was but on a second round of antibiotics, as well as a steroid pack.  And if you know me, you would know I’m already sort of deaf in one ear;  It was actually a bit depressing.  Blah blah blah with the complaining…

But then, I hit the ground running.  In the month of February alone I was able to start many new pieces as well as rap up several I had started before Christmas.  I’m not sure where all the inspiration came from.  I just had about 25 paintings photographed last week, and here are a few of my favorites:

Casey Matthews   "My Own Best Worst"   (36x36)

Casey Matthews “My Own Best Worst” (36×36)


Casey Matthews “Crown of Thorns” (36×36)

Casey Matthews   "Catch You On the Flip Side"   (36x48)

Casey Matthews “Catch You On the Flip Side” (36×48)

Casey Matthews   "Suck High Hopes"   (30x40)

Casey Matthews “Suck High Hopes” (30×40)

See more new work HERE


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Goodbye 2014 – it was bitter sweet

I finished up these large paintings a few weeks ago for a super swanky new high-rise apartment in Atlanta, GA.

Casey Matthews "Assension"

Casey Matthews “Ascension” (60×120)

I love the freedom of painting so large.  However, these took up my whole studio, and I was working on several commissions at the same time, and working many odd/late hours waiting for paint to dry.  I was constantly tripping over stuff in my little factory art studio. (I need a larger studio – and I’m working on that)

Note to self:  Be aware, cautious and patient when shipping items during the month of December.  Everyone is super busy, sick, and understaffed,  – it takes extra time to order the supplies to package/crate the work.  And everyone wants everything “yesterday.”  This year I bought fudge for the UPS store employees as an encouragement to “hurry your asses up” – but it did not work.  I was in there almost every day – dropping off shipments, checking on freight shipments, riding their ass, etc…  This year was so busy for me, I was literally hand delivering art on Christmas Eve, and overnighted art to happy customers left and right.  I’m glad we did not travel this year.


On Christmas Day, I was so tired, I slept in until 9:30 AM and stayed in my pajamas until 4PM. I had a lovely breakfast with my sweetie, then opened gifts, watched some old movies, took a long bath with aromatic bath salts and bubbles, partook in several beauty treatments  throughout the day, actually blew out my hair, etc.  It was so relaxing do just do nothing. Not stress about cooking, or working, or cleaning, etc. Amazing! Then went to dinner at the Ritz Carlton.  And I have not worked/or painted in a week – seriously.  And I’m OK with that.  I was exhausted, and on the verge of burn out.

All week I have been tying up loose ends, crossing items off my to-do list that have been on there all year (i.e. get a Mammogram, have blood work done, IRA stuff, etc), taking down Christmas decor, and I have been packing for a trip – a real vacation – we are island hopping in the British Virgin Islands on a catamaran!! I’m so excited.  I got a call from my Doctors office letting me know that my blood-work came back good – except for a severe vitamin D deficiency.  I think I am the only Floridian that does not get any sun – but if you knew how much it cost to get all my freckles and Melasma (brown splotchy age spots due to hormones, and years decades of birth control)  lasered off my face – you would stay out of the sun too!  So I now have to take these 50,000 mg pills once a week.  I also need to get some sunshine and eat a steak!  I’ll worry about the age spots later, I suppose. So my fat white ass is headed to the Caribbean.


This year has been so amazing for me. I got off to a rough start with my mother dying and all – but from basically from May to December I busted a nut – I created more art and sold more art than I ever have in my career. I set some really great career goals and actually achieved most of them! Go figure!  I’m so thankful for all my fans, customers, and patrons.  I love what I do and couldn’t do it without you.  Thank you to my amazing team who help keep me organized, on task, healthy, and sane.  Thank you to my friends and family who love and support me. I feel so blessed to have such amazing people to love, laugh with and be silly around. Looking forward to 2015 being an exciting new year with a several scary, yet exciting transitions ahead – that will be able to unveil in a few months.

So here are some more goals to aspire to; my New Years resolutions are Texas style (big) this year:
1. Get a larger studio,
2. Paint much larger.
3. Get a larger car to haul larger paintings.
4. Lose a large amount of weight.
5. Live large, take more risks, get out of my comfort zone, confront things head on.
6. Work on Patience and tolerance. Let things go.
7. Get my dog, Lola, to transition from the pee pad to peeing outside more.
8. Learn how to use my digital camera.
9. Be neater.
10. Remember to take all my pills and vitamins.
11. Don’t over-commit, be realistic about time frames, and factor in the fact that I need to sleep. Sleep more.
12. Love more. Don’t take things and people for granted.



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