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When I paint I am illustrating the way in which I am connected to my environment. I am drawn to the patterns, colors and figures that I see in daily life, which I then use to populate a world of my own. I feel the energy from each individual piece and imagine the story it tells. I want my surfaces to radiate light and tease emotion. I become lost in the layers of paint and begin to formulate a story. Texture, color and motion are all important elements of my work that complete the experience. In 2015 I started experimenting with metal leaf, working it into sections of my paintings. The metallic hues have added a certain warmth and radiance, lending a spiritual feeling to my figures. I sense a warmth emanating from the canvas, and I connect with the work in a way that is organic and spontaneous.
About the Artist
Mattye Hamilton is a painter and printmaker living in Baltimore, MD. She received her BFA in painting from The Maryland Institute College of Art in 1994. She uses luscious, unexpected combinations of color, pattern, and line, infusing her work with equal measures of nature and style. Hamilton’s work has been exhibited throughout Baltimore, including at MAXgallery, Jordan Faye Contemporary, Fleckenstein Gallery, Minas Gallery, & Patrick Sutton Home. Her paintings and works on paper are on permanent display at Fleckenstein Gallery . Her works have also been published in several magazines, including Shape, MS, and Baltimore Magazine. Look for more of Hamilton’s workon display at the Creative Alliance in July 2016.