“Painting is my way of communicating with the world. It’s how I take in my surroundings, process them through my thoughts and emotions, and put something back out that others can relate to. I learned from a very early age the simple pleasure of sitting alone for extended periods of time with just a pencil and a piece of paper, watching something emerge that didn’t exist previously. When I saw how others reacted to the things I made and the joy that it brought them, I came to really appreciate that response, and I craved the feedback I received. Now after painting for so many years, everything I look at becomes a painting in my mind, and I still enjoy seeing the way people react when experiencing the art I have created.
The subject matter is secondary to my aesthetic sensibility. I am continually influenced by my immediate surroundings and find inspiration everywhere I look, whether it be at a certain time of day, the way the light lands on an object, or the uniquely interesting face of a passerby. Anything can be a painting to me, and I try to approach my work with honesty and without preconceived notions of exactly how to arrive at the final product. I enjoy the act of creating and simultaneously learning more about myself, and the world around me, in the process.”
Matt received a degree in Graphic Design & Illustration from the Hussian College of Art and went on to continue studying drawing and painting at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, he currently resides in Lambertville, NJ with his wife Erinn and dog Ruby, where he enjoys being outdoors in the beautiful scenery and teaching other aspiring artists the joys of painting. He shows his work and gives art lessons at MADE Gallery, Lambertville.