Branches and Instinct by Micah Mathewson

Being an artist leaves a lot of time to think about all of the branches art creates. There is a branch of communication, one that does not effect the individual creating but those that witness the creation. In other words, I find myself thinking about how to better connect with the viewer of my art. There is also a branch of opportunity that shows all of the choices and paths available due to being an artist. From the schools that become specialized for me, to the food, materials, and car I can attain, art opens doors of opportunity. Finally there is a branch of self worth and purpose. This branch reflects all reasons why I am creating. It can be spiritual, therapeutic, imperative, destructive, and even for the simple reason of needing to create, and more often than not, I find it is all of these reasons at once.

Rapture and Former Deer, 48”x24”, acrylic + ink on canvas
Rapture and Former Deer, 48”x24”, acrylic + ink on canvas

The ideas of art and creativity themselves seem to often be constrained. Not as a whole, but per individual. If a man paints a beautiful painting, both aesthetically and in meaning, then is recognized for that painting, it has become second nature to label him a “painter”. When in reality the painting is proof that this man has the capability of truly displaying actual thought and process by physical means. So in turn, this man isn’t a “painter” but an artist who has painted. I believe an artist to be someone who instinctively creates, and uses materials that, through experimentation, becomes just as instinctive as their will to create. Art has so impacted my life in this way; It has given me a reason to question all branches of life and a means to feed my instinct to create.

Micah Mathewson, Grouch, 8" x 11", ink + vinyl on paper, 2013
Micah Mathewson, Grouch, 8″ x 11″, ink + vinyl on paper, 2013

 

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Micah Mathewson was born in  Knoxville, Tennessee, and it was here his art began to first evolve. After the death of his father in 2005, Mathewson moved with his mother and brother to the rural and quiet Anna, Illinois. Experimenting with new forms of art, including photography, he trained his eyes to capture the most minute details of the tranquil world around him.
Mathewson, now living in Venice, Florida at 18 years old, has gone on to win several awards including the prestigious 2012 Omar Cooper Award for the visual arts, and the 2013 Dr. Ken & Chris Pfahler Merit Award through the Education Foundation of Sarasota’s Evening of Excellence.

To learn more about Micah, visit http://micahmathewson.com

Education Foundation – 18th Annual “Evening of Excellence” Reveals Top 25

Original works of art by twenty-four students from seven Sarasota County high schools captured top honors Wednesday night as teachers, families, fans and other competitors cheered. The Education Foundation of Sarasota County kicked off festivities for the 18th Evening of Excellence at Ringling School of Art and Design. Event chair Taylor Collins announced all Top 25 winners for the annual competition, including Best of Show and Best of School winners.

Tristan Rivers, a Sarasota High School freshman, won Best of Show for his sculpture, Through Dimensions. Six other Best of School winners include Samantha Peace from Suncoast Poytechnical, Avory LaValliere from Booker High, Courtney Thomassen from Pine View, Micah Mathewson from Venice High, Alina Timshina from North Port High, and Ines Balasch from Riverview High.

 2013 Evening of Excellence Student Award Winners:  Codi Auten, Ines Balasch, Madison Baum, Cara Collins, Caleb Courville, Alexis Donson, Kelly Felix, Elle Friedberg, Kali Karcher, Avory LaValliere, Cody Markley, Micah Mathewson, Paige Miller, Samantha Peace, Tristan Rivers, Anastasia Sacali, Anna Schmitz, Hannah Stuetzer, Courtney Thomassen, Alina Timshina, Costantino Toth, Kale Votour, Christine Wozniak and Katya Young.
2013 Evening of Excellence Student Award Winners: Codi Auten, Ines Balasch, Madison Baum, Cara Collins, Caleb Courville, Alexis Donson, Kelly Felix, Elle Friedberg, Kali Karcher, Avory LaValliere, Cody Markley, Micah Mathewson, Paige Miller, Samantha Peace, Tristan Rivers, Anastasia Sacali, Anna Schmitz, Hannah Stuetzer, Courtney Thomassen, Alina Timshina, Costantino Toth, Kale Votour, Christine Wozniak and Katya Young.
Pine View art teacher Retsey Lauer with Education Foundation Executive Director Susan Scott.
Pine View art teacher Retsey Lauer with Education Foundation Executive Director Susan Scott.
Booker High’s Avory LaValliere with her photograph, Lace It Up.
Booker High’s Avory LaValliere with her photograph, Lace It Up.
Honorary co-chair Jim Tollerton, sponsor Allan H. Weis, event chair Taylor Collins.
Honorary co-chair Jim Tollerton, sponsor Allan H. Weis, event chair Taylor Collins.
North Port High’s Alina TImshina with her painting, B тeckax oтчaяния (In the Depths of Despair).
North Port High’s Alina TImshina with her painting, B тeckax oтчaяния (In the Depths of Despair).
North Port High’s Alina TImshina with her painting, B тeckax oтчaяния (In the Depths of Despair).
Anastasia Sacali with her painting, Croyance).
  Education Foundation board chairman Peter Hayes, School Board member Caroline Zucker, Education Foundation immediate past chair Mike Bryant, Comcast’s Justin Damiano.
Education Foundation board chairman Peter Hayes, School Board member Caroline Zucker, Education Foundation immediate past chair Mike Bryant, Comcast’s Justin Damiano.
Pine View’s Courtney Thomassen with digital image, History in Double.
Pine View’s Courtney Thomassen with digital image, History in Double.
Riverview's Ines Balasch with her drawing, Madame Butterfly.
Riverview’s Ines Balasch with her drawing, Madame Butterfly.
Sarasota High freshman Tristan Rivers with his sculpture, Through Dimensions, winner of the Best of Show award.
Sarasota High freshman Tristan Rivers with his sculpture, Through Dimensions, winner of the Best of Show award.
Suncoast Polytech's Samantha Peace with her drawing, Chairs.
Suncoast Polytech’s Samantha Peace with her drawing, Chairs.
Venice High's Kelly Felix with her mixed media piece, Fuerza de un Leon.
Venice High’s Kelly Felix with her mixed media piece, Fuerza de un Leon.
Venice High's Micah Mathewson with his digital image, Age in Blue-Green.
Venice High’s Micah Mathewson with his digital image, Age in Blue-Green.

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