Main Street Bridge No. 2
Oil enamel on wood panel
40" x 32"
"Sign-painting is in my blood: I had a design-heavy upbringing, working in the family sign shop. Today, I consider myself as much an activist as an artist and I am doing my best to say what I think needs to be said. Art is a powerful tool in that regard. Art can be a weapon to protect our voices and freedoms and to point to injustices. This is where I live. My art is about giving voice to those who aren’t able to make these same statements . . . who don’t have the same rights or protections that I do."
Southworth has been a practicing artist for the past 25 years. He studied Fine Art at Florida State University and digital design at the Art Institute of Jacksonville. In 1991 and 1992 he served as an apprentice for Master Artist Roland Hockett. Southworth quit his design job in 2013 to pursue painting full time. His large scale portraits and figurative work are both artistic and a form of advocacy.