Artist statement: “Older abandoned farms always caught my imagination, wondering what it was like in its prime years.”
About: The intent of Matthew’s work is to capture the feeling of a moment in time, unencumbered by much detail. His paintings have high contrast with loose, but accurate brush strokes, making the images pleasingly abstract and still believable. Being blessed with the gift of artistry He enjoyed drawing and painting from an early age.A childhood of farm life fostered Matthew's love of animals and the land, his proximity to an Amish community led to his curiosity of the Amish lifestyle. He was a very quiet boy and found it easier to communicate with the animals than with his peers. He imagined what life was like in simpler times. He started drawing as a youngster and eventually earned a bachelor's degree in art education. To refine his skills he went to college and studied under many professors, earning a bachelor's degree in art education, and paying his way through college by shoeing horses as a farrier. Process: His current work is something he taught himself. He works to have his paintings freeze the quiet moments and explore connections. True to his love of horses, the connection he paints is often between the horse and its master. Each piece gives the viewer a glimpse into Matthew's gentle soul plus his sense of love and responsibility towards nature.