My current body of work is primarily mixed media painting, and is a constant discourse between intuitive and non-objective. The process is a marriage of layered acrylic paint, medium, gesso, charcoal, glazes, washes, handmade paper, collage, tissue, spit, and oil on canvas. Gestural sparks of interest are often added with vine charcoal, and collage or spliced text. A typical piece is then sealed or buffed with wax.
My intention is to create layers of information through my technique, and combine the bold structure of graphic design and pattern with spontaneous painting; leading your mind’s eye on an aesthetic journey through the process of emotion and contradiction.
Some viewers might consider my work to be “eclectic;” but that is merely superficial. While I relate to a diverse world, the intrinsic nature of my creativity always seems to emerge. I am not a tortured artist, nor are my struggles unique; it really only comes down to what I consider essential characters in my work: the relationship between colors, humor, energy, and lack of intimidation of the sources and materials I draw from.
Although a native of San Antonio, Texas, Casey has considered the Southeast her home for the past two decades. She studied Art and Art History at Texas Christian University and the University of Alabama. Her many subjects are approached with light-hearted enthusiasm and delivered with singular verve and style, yet are very introspective and spiritually enlightening. For Matthews, it is important not to become complacent, and not to be afraid of challenge or risk. Her artwork is a direct outgrowth from her life events and remembrances of the past and present. She has been painting professionally since 1998; since then, painting has come to define her existence. “I cannot remember any moment in my life when I did not want to be an artist.” Casey currently lives on Amelia Island, and works from her downtown studio in Fernandina Beach, Florida.