I was born in Saginaw, MI. I have had a love for art since I was a child, always drawing and painting. I attended The College for Creative Studies and graduated with a B.F.A. in Illustration. After graduating I moved back to Saginaw where I currently live with my wife and six children. My favorite medium to use is oil paints on a wood surface. My artwork has gone through many evolutions, until I found a style that, I feel completely, tells who I am. I have also written and illustrated two children’s books titled How Did Lucy Grow Such an Amazing Flower, and Together We Can Do Anything.
When I paint, I like to tell a story. It can be a story about love, loss, fear, or a playful scene. I feel as though I create a story for myself through the imagery, and then leave it up to the viewer to create their own story from the artwork. There is a lot of reoccurring imagery in my paintings, but most frequently seen is the use of rabbits and a shadowy monster-like figure. These images represent something pure with the rabbits, and something untrusting with the monster-like figure. I like to have these opposites collide with one another in my work, to evoke emotion. For me a rabbit is something pure and innocent, making the viewer feel safe, while what lurks in the shadows might make one feel a little uneasy. This shadowy figure can represent danger, a fear, or a feeling of insecurity. In the end, what I hope to achieve is a narrative created by the individual viewer. There is no right or wrong answer to what my paintings mean, I have my own personal meaning, and the viewer should have theirs.
Matthew’s art exhibit will be shown at the Saginaw Charter Township Hall, 4980 Shattuck Road, Saginaw, Michigan, during business hours Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 p.m., September 1 through September 29, 2017. Offices will be closed Labor Day.