Artist Nathaniel Mather speaks at Salt and Light Studio

Upper school art students attending the Salt and Light Studio last week heard from artist Nathaniel Mather on fine art and his career as a painter and illustrator. 


Born and raised in California, Mather attended the California Institute of the Arts and Art Center College of Design. He now lives and works in Nashville. His paintings feature childlike renderings of animals, flowers, and rough-edged patches of color that evoke early 19th century, primitive art. Since the early days of his painting, his work has addressed his longing for a spiritual connection, relationship, and dialog with God. 

“I am processing what it looks like to paint work that is true, beautiful, and restorative. I want to reflect God’s wonder and grace while wrestling with daily struggles and pain,” explained Mather. 

In 1996 Mather began to incorporate text and objects into his paintings. Often his images are parallel to his daily life and struggles, which he shares with the viewer. The horse and donkey are a common image in his work, suggesting the strength and beauty of God. Birds and flowers represent human characteristics and emotions. Incorporating stamps and paper into his work gives the paintings a quality of age, travel, and experience. Paintings are done in water medium materials usually on canvas or board

Mather has used his artistic skills to work for corporate clients such as Warner Bros./Reprise Records, Brown University, American Lawyer Magazine, Johns Hopkins University, Liberty Records, and Coast Magazine. He spoke to students about his art and work in today's culture. 

Established to bring students into relevant, engaging connections with professional arts culture-shapers, the Salt & Light Studio provides a forum to grow from others’ artistic and spiritual journeys, while finding encouragement to listen for God’s still, small voice. An important aspect of the Salt & Light Studio is to provide students with an opportunity to create and execute an event of their choosing to positively affect an aspect of culture at their school through their own creativity.
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