Janine Matthews was born in 1965 in Bristol, United Kingdom. She is a M.F.A. candidate in Painting at Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA and will be graduating in May 2019. Matthews received her B.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking with University Honors from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016.

Matthews’ work explores personal insecurities by unravelling unique fantasies, dreams, obsessions and life events through nonsensical visual narratives. Recent paintings are all self-portraits.

She presents herself behind many masks; as a martyr, as Alice in Wonderland, as a woman who seems to rise above all ills, and as a woman who is caught up in all that overwhelms.
 
These works expose her personal insecurities, fears and memories. They examine façets of her personality she would rather conceal than reveal. The ultimate goal is to subvert her British temperament of the ‘stiff upper lip’, delving into the murky, inky depths of her psyche.
 
In addition to her painting practice, Matthews has completed many international and domestic mural commissions. She runs a small creative business in addition to painting and has established a nonprofit organization, The Merry Lamb Foundation, to benefit veterans coping with physical disabilities and PTSD.

Her works are included in numerous private collections, including Amazon Web Services Private Collection in Washington, DC.
 
Janine currently lives and works in Chester, VA.
 

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