- About the Artist -                    
Painting Curriculum Vitae
"Painting is a means of feeling 'living.' ...Painting is the only art form except still photography which is without time. Music takes time to listen to and ends, writing takes time and ends, movies end, ideas and even sculture take time. Painting does not. It never ends, it is the only thing that is both continuous and still. It's a still place. It's like one word, one image..." Joan Mitchell (1986)


Originally from San Francisco, Ursula Mathers graduated from Bennington College in the state of Vermont. And it is precisely from the rich colours of nature found in New England and the soft forms of the Tuscan landscape where she lives today, that Ursula finds inspiration for her new artistic pieces. Her art is predominantly abstract, reconciling natural elements with suggested interior spaces. The result of which are original paintings, sophisticated yet essential, with light backgrounds of surreal skies literally dug out of the canvas, creating natural forms: trunks, branches, leaves, blossoms and fruit. All of which are almost similar in proportions to the objects themselves and, at times, even of the same colour, though they are surreal in their assembly of elements, suspended without references, with only a hint of gravity and luminosity. Immobile yet forever animated. Lifeless, yet alive. They appear white, but have the colours of an inner world, conveying a sense of peace and serenity.


2000 Bennington College, Vermont USA - BA in Liberal Arts
1999 Studio Art Centers International, Florence ITALY
1997 SF Art Institute, San Francisco USA
1996 The Putney School, Vermont USA ? diploma
Academic Focus: Children?s Book Illustration & Painting


2008 The Green Edge, Sheffield, UK
2007 Galleria Notturna, Studio d'Arte Eclektica, ITALY
2007 Mostra all'Op Art, Pisa, ITALY
2006 Il Tè, La Limonaia, Pisa, ITALY
2006 Trame d'Artista, San Zeno, Pisa, ITALY
2004 A Different Shade of White, Lo Chalet, Torre del Lago Puccini, ITALY
2004 The Michael Currier Center Opening, Putney, Vermont, USA
2003 Solo Painting Show, Il Ciglieri, Pisa, ITALY
2003 Solo Painting Show, Mill Valley, CA
2002 Imago Mundi, Imago Galleria, Pisa, ITALY
2002 Fuoricentro Inougurazione, Gruppo ARS NOVA, Livorno, ITALY
2002 Light Origins, Jackson Pollock Centro, Pisa, ITALY
2002 Imago Inaugurazione, Imago Galleria, Pisa, ITALY
2002 Premio Citta? di Pisa, Hotel Duomo, Pisa, ITALY
2001 Prints by Hand, Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
2000 The Senior Show, Bennington College, VT
1999 Spring Show, SACI, Florence, ITALY
1998 Peep Show, Junior Exhibition, Bennington, VT
1997 One of a Kind, Ghiradelli Square, San Francisco, CA
1997 Dark Horse, Sausalito, CA
1995 Young Artists Show, Brattleboro, VT


Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Pictor Association, Turin ITALY, 2002    
Illustra la Leggenda 1st Prize, Canaveseweb, Turin ITALY, 2000    
The Slotnick Scholarship: Exellence in Painting, 1999         

 Ursula Joell Mathers is a painter and children's book illustrator living in Italy. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally, and her children's books have been published by various international publishers and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages.


All artwork on this website is copyright and may not be reproduced or used in any way without express permission from Ursula Mathers.