“My hope is… to show the immense power and mystery imbedded within the land… for me, a palpable force and presence that is always there if we take the time to notice it.” – Matthew Higinbotham
There is a luminescence to Matthew Higginbotham’s work. The grasses, trees and clouds that fill his landscapes have a glow of their own as they reflect the light in his paintings. Whether the subject is an expanse of land or a single plant he has an ability to capture its spirit in his paintings.
We’re proud to present Higginbotham’s newest work during his “Touching Land” show, which runs through September 8th. We invite you to see the life radiated from his paintings and join us for the opening reception on Friday August 29th from 5-7:30 pm.
Higginbotham finds inspiration for his works both near his home south of Santa Fe and farther away as he travels to some of the beautiful places in the region. He is also drawn to a variety of scenes. From a cluster of trees to clouds heavy with rain, reflections in still water to a single plant he is able to portray their uniqueness through his work.
Whether he is focused on the stunning view of an open landscape or the nuance of light and shadow on a particular element he is able to portray the elegance of nature. The brushstrokes in ‘Autumn Chamisa’ capture both the simplicity and beauty in this humble plant, while ‘Anthem of the Bosque’ shows the scene with resplendent beauty.
“I travelled to the Tall Grass Prairie in northern OK late last year which continues to be an inspiring spot for me. I am drawn to the golden grasses of this place and the incredible expanse. The Bosque Del Apache (“forest of the Apache”) in central NM also is a wonderful place of inspiration for me. With a constant source of water from the Rio Grande, it grasses, trees, and wildlife thrive.”
Higginbotham has also focused on trees in his newest works. While they have always played a part in past work, they are presented with fresh prominence. Light bursts through the canopy in ‘Ensemble,’ flowers and buds signify the growth of spring in “Tree of Sky’ and the rich hues of autumn fill the branches in ‘Resplendence.’ By bringing trees to the fore of his work he has elevated their natural beauty to new heights.
“I am being drawn to larger paintings of trees. I always have, but the recent pieces are up pretty close, showing a full frontal tree in all its beauty and glory. I am particularly fascinated with tall poplars and cottonwoods.”