Samford University Library hosts a Painting Exhibition by Melinda Mathews. All paintings are
water media--watercolor or acrylics or some combination.
The photographs are showcased on the main entry level around the grand staircase.
[click on image for closer view]
Melinda Mathews has been painting for about 10 years. She has participated in
several 2 and 3-person shows--among them, a 2-person show at Oasis
Women's Center in 2002 (works by Melanie Grein and Melinda) and a 3-person
show in 2000 at Space One Eleven (works by Thornton Dial, Sybil Gibson
and Melinda Mathews).
She has won awards at the Watercolor Society of Alabama shows and
the Alabama Experimental Artists shows.
In her own words...
As an artist, I am fascinated with people of every size, shape
and color. Conventional standards of beauty are so narrow and
unrealistic. I have no desire to paint a "pretty" girl or a "handsome'
man. I enjoy a look, a line or shape, interesting body language. I try
to celebrate differences and capture a moment. I paint mostly women and
am fascinated with relationships--a person with her music; an individual
with her dog or cat.
Normally I do not try to work from either life or pictures,
preferring in most cases to work from imagination. Therefore, my
approach tends to be expressionistic, rather than realistic.
Mrs. Mathews is also a tax and estate planning attorney. She has taught
estate planning for the last two years as an adjunct professor at
Cumberland School of Law.