While this winter has been warm so far here on the east coast of the US, the same is not true everywhere. Heavy, wet snow falls over a northern forest, coating the trees in white and the nearby pond in a glaze of ice.
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.