A traumatic event in Micah Mathewson’s childhood forms the foundation of the largest painting he has made yet, a 72-by-60-inch acrylic on canvas work titled “Millertown Pike.” When Mathewson was 10, his father was killed in a traffic accident at an intersection in Knoxville, Tenn., where the family was living. The other driver was high on prescription drugs and died just a week later from an overdose.
The canvas is dark, with a shadowy, almost hooded figure sprawled across the center. Blood-red paint is splashed about. In the lower corner, a figure plays the trumpet.
“The whole point of the image is the moment of the crash,” said Mathewson, a senior at Venice High School whose first solo exhibition will be next weekend in Sarasota.
Mathewson has won a slew of awards of