MATCHBOXES

These whimsical matchboxes by St. Augustine, FL artist Jim Macbeth have 6 "drawers" of wooden matches within their 4.25 x 4.25 x 1/2-inch dimensions!

JIM MACBETH: My art draws closely from my life experiences as a marine biologist and museum curator, but mostly from my appreciation of natureís amazing grace. When you see the dazzling beauty of fish scales or butterfly wings from the right perspective, itís as if youíre seeing them through a childís eyes for the first time.

Sometimes I combine living creatures with man-made objects or text in ways that stimulate and provoke the viewerís imagination. In a sense, IĎm a beachcomber of the digital age - I work with specimens and artifacts that I find in real life, then capture and interpret them with the help of a high-resolution digital scanner and imaging software.

I believe art is something that happens - and you never know what exactly is going to happen until you reach a moment when you see the image in front of you that you have been searching for all along.