“Pater Plantarum,” translated from Latin meaning “Father of the Plant,” is a phrase that accurately describes the current gallery artist occupying the Markay Cultural Arts Center for the month of December. Matthew Wilson, age 32 of Jackson, is a talented local artist who is virtually self-taught in a number of mediums consisting of acrylic painting, watercolor, colored pencil, linocutting, and digital art, some of which you can see on display in his show. Intertwining his love of art and love of plants, having dozens in his personal collection, Matthew has been able to express emotion and evoke thought through witty titles, color choice, and various plants, a feat not easily done. Outside of his personal art endeavors, Matthew is the President of the Southern Hills Arts Council (SHAC) and an avid volunteer within the Markay, stating he “works diligently to bring art and culture to the forefront of the community”.  The solo gallery show “Pater Plantarum” is on display in the Markay through December 31. Markay hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.