“The art of seeing has to be learned.” – Marguerite Duras
I drive the same route every morning, rolling through the first stop sign, pausing at the second, rushing toward the four-way stop and careening toward the first light in hopes of hitting a green or at least yellow.
I whir past the awakening world toward work and land in my office chair just before I’m supposed to arrive. Whew, another day at the office, another chance at productivity, slashing important things off of my to do list.
The afternoon ambles by and I trudge through my tasks.
The workday is over and I’m out the door and onto the next thing. Tomorrow’s series of events will be much the same.
A Mandatory Pause
The other day I was driving home from work and it started to pour. I found myself with my foot on the brake longer than normal due to the influx of rain and the flood of unsuspecting cars.
In the mandatory pause, I looked through the watery windshield and saw the most vibrant rainbow. In the midst of a gray early evening, a ray of light hit the colored arch, highlighting its stunning presence.
Wow. What a sight. I could have stared at that rainbow for hours, but alas, the traffic began to move, ever so slowly up the road – taking me home and pushing me toward my next engagement.
Illuminating the Familiar in Revelatory Ways
We have no choice but to press the pause button when rain-induced traffic makes us push on the brakes, but stopping to experience life and really see what is going on around us on a continual basis is a learned skill.
Artist Matthew Higginbotham has learned how to see the familiar and depict it in revelatory ways. One merely has to gaze into one of Matthew’s landscape scenes to experience the magic.
He takes a canyon and highlights the mystery of its grandness through softened layers of dimension. He brings the viewer’s eye toward the flickering fragility of aspen leaves gilded by sunlight. He studies the majesty of a cloud with a billowing peachy belly and a rich cream on top.
Matthew is stirred by nature. When he visits the Bosque or the Grand Canyon, he comes face to face with infinity. The vastness of his surroundings permeates his soul, and he is moved to pay artistic homage to its incredible existence.
As the viewers, we are the rich benefactors of Matthew’s craft. He is the one who has learned to truly see, and it is his work that allows us a window into his revelation.
We look forward to seeing you at Matthew Higginbotham’s late August to Early September Show, “Uncommon Ground.” Please join us for live music and refreshments on Friday, August 30th from 5-7PM as we celebrate Matthew’s newest revelatory works.
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