My name is Madison Higginbotham, but you can call me Mads. I’m a self-taught painter based out of Vancouver, Canada. I was born into a family that cherishes the arts. For good or bad, money wasn’t a driving motivator, but art was. I was encouraged to scribble, draw, and paint from an early age. Although this became a self-soothing habit, it hadn’t crossed my mind to make it a career. I busied myself by completing my BA in Corporate Communications with a Graphic Design Certificate and joined the corporate workforce. It wasn’t until a few years later that I picked up a paintbrush again and quickly realized this was the direction I needed to go.
I naturally gravitate towards portraiture and figurativism. It is the most captivating subject to paint. With its inherent mutuality, even the most mundane moments can be portrayed as powerful and beautiful. I look at these moments as if time has slowed and the perfect soundtrack has been applied. I want to highlight the seemingly monotonous and communicate what I see, hear and feel. Each piece is intentionally consumed by colour, chaos and scribbling. I look to capture the viewer’s eye and leave them with a tensional curiosity and appreciation for this mysterious ride we call the human experience.