Matthew W Cornell says “I have always been fascinated by the extremes of weather and the power of nature,” .
“It is in a constant state of creation and destruction, of origin and destination. With every day, the planet begins anew. Nature seeks equilibrium. It is in a never ending cycle.” Cornell prefers the sublime and meditative observations of land and seascape, the narrative of majestic weather, and somber soundscapes sweeping across the land and vast empty sea.
Recently his paintings have turned more complex, with dusk and night scenes, streetlights on secluded homes. The visual backdrop has allowed a subtle narrative of mystery and intrigue. “Landscapes at this hour are like ghosts that are unseen during the day, only to be revealed by the strange and myriad ways the night time glows”, Cornell says. These narratives include neighborhoods that mirror the kind he grew up in and the longing he now has to find home.
Matthew Cornell was born in Fairfield, CA in 1964. He now lives and maintains a studio in Orlando, FL.