My name is Areanias Mathis and my art is surreal, whimsical paintings inspired by my love of storytelling and fantasy. Ever since I was a child I could get lost in the world inside of a book, and see it clearly play out inside my mind. It is what first inspired me to start drawing. The idea that daydreams could be shared, the possibility of creating what you imagine was inspirational. However, it wasn’t until much later that I fully dove into my passion for painting. I began to see art as something I wanted to turn into a lifestyle fresh out of high school. I had always believed that art was a hobby until that point, the moment you ask yourself what you want to do with the rest of your life?
It was in that very question that I realized I wanted to be an artist, and I found my love for surrealism that same year. Inspired by letting go of what I expected to see and holding onto the pieces of the world that I found beautiful. It reflects the way I see my own life, letting go of the wrong pieces so the right ones can fit together. I experimented for a few years to find the style that best suited my ideals in art. Capturing emotions and stories in a single image, and expressing that with powerful colors and silhouettes. I have recently had my first art show at Farmer’s Park in Springfield, MO and it was a turning point in my view of myself as an artist. My goal is to become a full time artist and that show made it feel possible as a first step. Me and my art are only beginning and it is a journey I am happy to make.
Imagination is the key to creative construction. We envision, become inspired, and from that inspiration we create something new and unique. It is the trademark of an artist to admire the world and study it.
My multimedia paintings are surreal with a modern twist on fantasy art. I work with acrylic ink washes because of their bold and vibrant colors that catch the eye and combine them with colored pencil for the solid shapes to contrast. Every piece is designed with the intent to express what I admire in the world. This can be anything from the subtle shapes in nature to the way light bounces over water’s reflection. Something strange and breathtaking that makes me feel alive, makes me feel real. To share that experience I pick images, colors, and shapes that remind me of that emotion. When I create, I can’t help but recall the feeling of being inside my memories and my art becomes surreal in nature as the pieces fit together in new ways even I can’t always predict. I start with an idea and then find the puzzle pieces that make it come to life. The best thing about art is that it has no rules other than the ones you create and it makes anything possible at the touch of a brush.