Photo by Jessie Preza

Photo by Jessie Preza

Gallery Novus is a concept studio featuring the art of Casey Matthews.  She creates rich paintings with multi-media surfaces that are both visually intriguing and full of energy. They incorporate expressive color, movement, and strong elements of design.  The work combines emotional content, observation, technique, exploration, and reinvention. She has developed a series of gestures and marks that make up a unique visual language.  It is a vague form of communication in an attempt to achieve balance and beauty.  From a distance, her works impose a singular statement of color, composition and tone; viewed closely, they suggest a complex narrative that is multi-hued and textured.

 “My creativity begins with a constant state of awareness and appreciation for everything around me.  I am always noticing patterns in nature and the way inanimate objects and shapes harmonize with each other, etc. My technique begins by pouring  thinned acrylics, and dripping inks onto the surface.  As the pools of color dry, they tend to take on a life of their own.   I’m inspired by color, how colors interact and react with each other, motion, flow, and organic repetition. My work is intuitive and process driven. I enjoy the drips and splatters – and the journey they inspire.”

Although a native of San Antonio, Texas, Casey has considered the Southeast her home for 20 years. She studied Art and Art History at Texas Christian University and the University of Alabama. For Matthews, it is important not to become complacent, and not to be afraid of challenge or risk. 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." This award-winning artist has sold to private collectors worldwide, and currently works from her downtown studio in Fernandina Beach, Florida.