Although Southern Accents is an architectural antique and salvage company, we are also a team of artists, creators, designers, visionaries, builders and collaborators. As such, we revel in an opportunity to meet and collaborate with fellow creatives. One recent meeting was with an impressive artist originally from Florence, Alabama; Matthew Mayes.
Matthew is a self taught artist with 12 years experience in the professional art field. Matthew began his artistic adventure as a child watching the “Joy Of Painting” with Bob Ross. Having experienced many stints in the hospital and schooling at home because of illness, Matthew needed an outlet for his creativity. He credits art as filling this need in his life.
Matthew’s concentration is acrylic on canvas and on hollow core doors. He considers his work to be studies in color, perception, definition and composition. When asked in a recent interview about his process for starting a new piece, Matthew replied, “I start every piece by picking out all the colors (at once) that will be in the painting. I listen to all genres of music, which I use to create different moods while painting. Finally, I listen to my spirit and attempt to present on canvas the message(s) that I believe are flowing through me. There are multiple ways to “minister” to the public. Art is one of my gifts and callings.”
A gift it is! Matthew’s artwork is inspirational. Southern Accents is currently housing one of Matthew’s works of art titled “A Sense Of Peace”. This 30″ x 80″ work, which is available for purchase, can be viewed in our showroom in downtown Cullman. Matthew’s artwork is also on display now through September 4th at the Birmingham Public Library. Visit the central library’s 4th floor gallery to view works from his “Layers of Meaning” collection.
Visit Matthew online at matthewmayes.net to view as well as purchase his beautiful artwork. Matthew is also available for commissioned works.
Stop by Southern Accents wood shop during the week and you will likely find Josh Howe hard at work doing what he loves most… working with his hands. Josh is multi talented and brilliantly creative. We met Josh two years ago at our annual alley party that he attended with his wife Amber, who had been working with us to coordinate the events entertainment. There was an instant connection and shortly after Josh joined our team.
Josh came to SA with an extensive background in granite, stone, ceramic and wood. Josh is a graduate of the University of Montevallo with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree. His concentration in sculpture was made evident when he showed up recently with some magnificent pieces that he had sculpted from wood and metal. Josh especially loves working with tools, but also throughly enjoys the creative process of seeing a project through from conception to completion. He has been instrumental in working on many recent projects for SA from designing an award last year for Main Street Alabama to our most recent design projects for Southern Makers.
Josh spends the bulk of his time at Southern Accents in the wood shop where he does everything from repairing salvaged antique items such as doors and mantels to designing and building custom items from salvaged wood for our many customers. Away from work Josh enjoys restoring old furniture and is particularly fascinated with the history of architectural pieces. His greatest joy however, is spending time with his wife Amber and their two young children Vesta and Sylas.
Our in house wood shop allows us the ability to strip and sand many of the architectural pieces that we salvage, bringing the wood back to a natural finish. Josh and Roger are also able to make needed repairs as well as custom build doors, tables and other items from salvaged wood. If you would like a quote on a custom job, please give us a call or stop by our showroom during regular business hours.