After a cold and snowy month of winter, a warm spell sweeps through the countryside. Beneath the old, sleeping trees, the snow slowly melts away in the low-angle light as shadows are cast across the dried grass and reeds.
Matthew Hannum, landscape artist: My artwork generally focuses on the forgotten corners of nature where we can all easily find ourselves – a winding road through a local forest, or a cloudscape above rolling hills. When adding human elements, I tend to keep them simple and straightforward as a reminder that mankind’s works are only temporary, even in the local environment. Much of my work is heavily influenced by the landscape of the eastern United States, with occasional trips out to the mountains of the west – this ties into my belief of painting what you know since it will come across as more genuine.